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Two decades ago, a man was beaten, shot and stabbed. Police just announced they arrested the suspected killer.

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Source: MEGA; Salem County Correctional Facility

Mar. 11 2022, Published 4:50 p.m. ET

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After 21 years of searching, police said they have arrested a suspect in connection to a cold-case homicide in Pennsylvania.

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On March 10, the U.S. Marshals Service announced the arrest of Brian Gregory Quinn, 44. He previously lived in New Jersey.

On Jan. 13, 2001, the body of Shamar William Washington was found in Hemlock Township, Pennsylvania, according to the Marshals service. He was reported missing out of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, about a week earlier.

An autopsy revealed that Washington was beaten, stabbed and shot.

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Pennsylvania police investigated the homicide, but the case went cold. That was until March 9, when police issued a warrant charging Quinn with homicide.


Investigators did not say what led them to charge Quinn after more than 20 years. There is no word on if the two men knew each other or a possible motive in the case.

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This week, Marshals arrested Quinn in New Jersey and he is waiting to be extradited to Pennsylvania.

“It’s the Marshals Services’ duty to ensure that those charged with violent crimes have their day in court,” U.S. Marshal Martin Pane said in announcing the arrest. “It is my sincere hope that the victim’s family will find some measure of comfort knowing the suspect will face justice.”

pa cold case
Source: MEGA; Salem County Correctional Facility

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