Police capture Fagaloa murder suspect

A suspect who was on the run after he allegedly stabbed a 24-year-old male on New Year’s Day has been captured by the Police.

Police Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil, confirmed the man in his late 30s to early 40s has been apprehended and charged for the death of the Fagaloa resident. 

He said the suspect is likely to face charges of murder over the incident. 

“There was a massive spike [deaths] on New Year’s and it was very disappointing,” he said. “There hasn’t been anything significant since but the day is still young and it is still the weekend.”

The consumption of alcohol is a factor in the homicide at Fagaloa, an incident that the Commissioner has described as a drink-up gone wrong in the village. 

The suspect was on the run and later captured by Police in a manhunt. The knife that is suspected to have been the murder weapon has been confiscated by Police as they continue their investigation. 

The death is one of four fatalities reported to Police during the New Year’s holiday.

A separate incident involved a double homicide in Afega where two men allegedly died from gunshot wounds. In the same village a 1-year-old toddler died from drowning. 

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