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New York City murder suspect arrested in Hancock County

Taken into custody on Interstate-70
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Posted at 10:52 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 22:52:55-04

HANCOCK COUNTY -- A man wanted for a New York City murder Monday was arrested Tuesday on Interstate-70, east of Indianapolis.

According to the Hancock County Sheriff's Department, a deputy from adjoining Henry County noticed a car with New York plates heading west on the highway and committing "multiple marked lane violations," near the Henry-Hancock line.

The deputy ran the plates and found the driver was wanted for the stabbing death of a 43-year-old man in Queens, NY.

Sgt. James Goodwin radioed his dispatch and coordinated what was considered a "high risk felony apprehension stop" with other departments.

The driver, 24-year-old Muhammad Habib, fled for a few miles before being pulled over and was arrested without incident.

A young woman in the car with Habib was also arrested for drug possession. Officers found two pounds of suspected marijuana, suspected crack cocaine, multiple packages of illicit pills and heroin.

Habib and the woman were allegedly traveling from New York to Missouri, according to police. Both face drug charges in Hancock County while Habib faces the New York murder charge.