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Murder suspect in custody following escape from Atlanta airport

ABC News logo ABC News 4/30/2021

A 20-year-old wanted for murder who escaped from custody at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport -- the busiest airport in the world -- Thursday has been caught.

J'Saan Carlos Strover, 20, was handcuffed and not wearing shoes when he escaped just before 9 a.m. Thursday, Atlanta police said.

"After an intense manhunt involving multiple local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, Arizona murder suspect J’Saan Carlos Strover is back in custody. Fulton County Sheriff’s deputies on the Fugitive Unit are escorting Strover back to the Fulton County Jail," the sheriff's office said Friday morning.

The suspect, who was also shackled by his feet, was outside near the car rental center, not inside the terminal, according to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.

a group of police officers riding on the back of a car: Law enforcement in Georgia search for a fugitive that escaped deputies at Atlanta’s airport and ducked into nearby woods, April 29, 2021. © WSB Law enforcement in Georgia search for a fugitive that escaped deputies at Atlanta’s airport and ducked into nearby woods, April 29, 2021.

The Fulton County Sheriff's Office said College Park Police received a tip of a man Friday fitting Strovers description walking down the street barefoot with his hands behind his back.

a person posing for the camera © Atlanta Police Dept

Strover was being extradited from Georgia to Arizona by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, police said. Strover had been indicted on charges of first degree murder, attempted first degree murder and aggravated assault.

a person riding on the back of a car: Law enforcement in Georgia search for a fugitive that escaped deputies at Atlanta’s airport and ducked into nearby woods, April 29, 2021. © WSB Law enforcement in Georgia search for a fugitive that escaped deputies at Atlanta’s airport and ducked into nearby woods, April 29, 2021.

Strover stands at 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds, police said. He has a tattoo across the front of his neck that says "risk," the sheriff's office said.

"If you spot him, do not attempt to apprehend him and call 911 immediately," the Fulton County Sheriff's Office said before he was captured.

ABC News' Sam Sweeney contributed to this report.

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