A federal prosecutor says a man wanted on charges he stole more than $2 million from an armored car he was paid to guard in Pittsburgh, murdering his partner in the process, has been arrested in Florida.
U.S. Attorney David Hickton of Pittsburgh tells The Associated Press that 22-year-old Kenneth Konias Jr. has been arrested in Pompano Beach, Fla. on Tuesday morning.
KDKA-TV first reported Konias' arrest, saying he had been found at a crack house. Broward County, Fla. sheriff's officials say they could not immediately confirm the arrest.
Konias allegedly fatally shot fellow Garda Cash Logistics guard Michael Haines before fleeing with money from the truck they were guarding on Feb. 28 in Pittsburgh. Haines' body was in the back of the truck found idling under a Pittsburgh bridge in the Strip District.
As he fled the Pittsburgh area, Konias took the time to call his mother and stopped by his Dravosburg home, leaving behind a coat with what detectives said appeared to be blood splatter on the front, police said.
“This is a premeditated murder,” Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala said at the time, according to local NBC affiliate, WPXI. “Our belief is that he planned to rob the company, and if he had to kill the guard, then he planned to do that. He shot the guy from close range in the back of the head to accomplish the robbery. That’s pretty cold.”
According to WTAE.com, Konias' parents heard about his arrest early Tuesday. Attorney Charles LoPresti said they are relieved and anxious to see their son.
Konias now faces charges of homicide, robbery and theft. He is scheduled to appear in a Florida court later on Tuesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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