Two St. Clair County sheriff's investigators traveled Monday morning to Lincoln, Neb., to pick up a murder suspect who police have been looking for since mid-January.
John L. Harris, 24, was expected to be back in St. Clair County sometime Monday evening, Chief Investigator Scott Weymouth said.
Harris, whose nickname is "Moo Cow," was charged in January with first-degree murder in the death of Sanchez Garner, 29, who was found dead Jan. 11 in the 100 block of Amelia, in the Parkfield Terrace subdivision near Cahokia.
Harris' last known address was in the 700 block of St. Paul, also in Parkfield Terrace.
"Moo Cow" became well-known as the "armed and dangerous" face on billboards across the region after CrimeStoppers arranged for the messages.
Will Iverson, supervisory deputy U.S. marshal in Lincoln said Harris was arrested at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.
"We were contacted by the U.S. Marshal's Service in your area, who told us they had information on where he was in our area. We began to investigate immediately. By dotting our I's and crossing our T's, we were able to locate the area where he was," Iverson said.
A woman and man were also in the residence. The male, who was later determined to be Harris' cousin, was arrested on an unrelated warrant. The female, who was not identified, told police she did not know Harris was wanted on a murder warrant. She was not charged. Police believe she is a relative, too.
Harris initially lied to police about his identity. But after "we talked to him, he eventually admitted to his true identity," Iverson said.
Iverson said Harris did not have a weapon on him when he was arrested.
"Around the country, our task forces work together and we make thousands of arrested each year. That's our job. That's what we do. We work well together," said Iverson.
Harris also had an unlawful use of a weapon charge pending against him in St. Clair County.
O'Fallon Police Lt. James Cavins, who was the deputy commander of the Greater St. Louis Area Major Case Squad that was convened when Garner was killed, said Harris "had a well-documented history of an ongoing feud throughout the Parkfield Terrace neighborhood for a very long time."
Asked whether he was aware whether Harris had feuded with Garner, Cavins said "there was a feud between the two right before the shooting."
Harris was identified by the Major Case Squad as the shooter "through neighborhood canvassing by the investigators from the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department and the Major Case Squad," Cavins said.
"It shows the great teamwork that was displayed between all of the investigators who were involved. ... We want to keep the streets safe. Along with Crimestoppers, we were able to come to a successful conclusion," he said.