A man wanted for murder in Virginia was arrested Thursday after he was pulled over in a traffic stop on Johnson Street in Garner.
Garner Police received a tip from someone earlier in the week that Pernell Antwon Robertson, 22, was in the city.
Investigators called Newport News police and started working on the tip and developing information on his whereabouts, Chris Clayton, a spokesman for the Garner Police Department, said.
Patrol officers located a car Robertson was driving and pulled him over in the 100 block of Johnson Street, where he was arrested. Robertson was in police custody as of Monday. He will have the opportunity to either waive extradition and be transported back to Virginia, or have a hearing in North Carolina.
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Robertson was wanted on a first-degree murder charge in Newport News, Va. Police there had been looking for Robertson since October, two days after a man was found stabbed to death at an elementary school. Newport News police believe Robertson stabbed the man. According to a press release, police received a call on Oct. 1, that there was a stabbing in the parking lot of the elementary school.
When officers arrived, they located Taiwo Douglas-Wells, 19, of Newport News, in the rear of the school near the playground. The teenager had been stabbed. He was transported by medics to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead about 45 minutes later.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and two other people were walking through the playground area of the school when they encountered another individual, whom police believe was Robertson. Words were exchanged and at some point, the victim was stabbed, the press release states.
“It’s not an everyday occurrence that we would arrest someone here with an outstanding warrant for a murder charge,” Clayton said.
Clayton declined to answer questions about why Robertson was in Garner.