New Britain suspected murderer caught in South Carolina

Published on Tuesday, 12 March 2019 20:51
Written by Charles Paullin


NEW BRITAIN - Benjamin Morales, the suspected murderer of Alice Marie Figueroa on Feb. 4, was arrested in South Carolina Tuesday afternoon.

The Georgetown County Sheriff’s office in South Carolina made the arrest after U.S. Marshals learned of his location, said Jason Lesley, public information officer with the George County Sheriff’s Department.

SWAT team members from the sheriff’s office went into the residence at 768 Walker Road after speaking with Morales for about an hour asking him to come out, Lesley said.

The SWAT team members found Morales hiding in a functioning refrigerator, Lesley said.

No gun shots were fired during the incident and Morales did not resist the arrest, Lesley said.

It was unclear how U.S. Marshals became aware of Morales’ location, Lesley said.

Morales is being held in South Carolina until he is extradited back to Connecticut.

More information is expected to be available Wednesday after the incident report is completed, Lesley said.

Morales had been on the run since the killing of his girlfriend last month. Police obtained a warrant charging him with murder following the incident.

Police had enlisted the help of federal agencies a couple weeks after the killing after not receiving any tips on his whereabouts.

Two family members were arrested last month after allegedly providing assistance to Morales. A Putnam man was also arrested for allegedly giving Morales assistance.

Virgen Figueroa, who is not related to the fatal victim, was reported missing the week of the shooting and believed to be with Morales until she turned herself OK into police later that same week.

Posted in The Bristol Press, , General News on Tuesday, 12 March 2019 20:51. Updated: Tuesday, 12 March 2019 20:53.