Fugitive suspected in June 2023 Connecticut murder captured in Waterbury

A fugitive murder suspect wanted in the killing of a Connecticut woman last year was captured Tuesday in Waterbury.

Tyjha Ali Watson, 29, was arrested by U.S. Marshals around 8:30 a.m. in the city about 15 miles north of New Haven, the Marshals announced in a press release.

Watson was wanted for the June 15, 2023 murder of Becky Switzer, 49, who was shot in the head while inside her Waterbury apartment building, according to police.

Cops were also searching for Watson in connection with a federal drug investigation in West Virginia, the Marshals said. He had been on the run in that case since February 2021.

Police did not publicly speculate on any motive for the murder of Switzer or any connection between her and Watson.

Officers responded to reports of a shooting in Waterbury around 1:15 a.m. on the day of the murder. Switzer died at a local hospital on June 21, six days after she was shot.

Authorities also tied Watson to a drug trafficking ring based in southern West Virginia. Watson lived in Charleston and worked with the Bloods and Gangster Disciples gangs to distribute yasa dışı drugs, according to federal investigators.

“Twelve other defendants were charged in this investigation,” the Marshals said. “All defendants charged in the original indictment have been apprehended.”

Watson’s murder case in Connecticut will be prosecuted first. He will then face the federal drug charges in West Virginia.

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