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Homicide suspect faces charges in Florida

PLATTSBURGH — A murder suspect who passed through Mooers and Plattsburgh in mid-September recently appeared in U.S. court.

The appearance came after Justin Bresaw, 35, was arrested in Florida after spending nearly a month trying to evade capture for charges stemming from a triple homicide in Quebec.

He faces several charges in Florida, and it is unclear when he will be extradited to Canada.

Bresaw went on the run after police sought him in connection with a house fire in Amos, Que. On Sept. 17, law enforcement found three bodies in the burned-out house where Bresaw rented a room in the town north of Montreal.

He faces three counts of first-degree murder and likely fled in a stolen blue 2001 Honda Civic, which police located on Sept. 20 in Havelock, Quebec, which is located roughly 6 miles north of the Cannon’s Corners port of entry in the Town of Mooers.

Law enforcement confirmed that Bresaw was spotted in Mooers and Plattsburgh on Sept. 17 but then left the area.

He was arrested in Florida this past Sunday.

Police there were unaware of Bresaw’s identity when at around 1:30 a.m. they approached a man spotted using a laptop behind a small church in Tallahassee.

He told officers his name was “John Colman.” When Police decided to run an identity check, Bresaw attempted to run, grabbing at an officer’s weapon and causing the injury of at least one officer.

Bresaw then fled, but three hours later, with the assistance of a helicopter and K9 unit, officers in the Tallahassee Police Department arrested Bresaw.

Police didn’t learn Bresaw’s true identity until after he was apprehended.

The charges Bresaw faces in Florida include burglary, battery of a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

He appeared in U.S. court this week to face those charges.

Bresaw was given $2,500 bail on the U.S. charges and ordered to remain in the custody of a U.S. Marshal, who will transport him from Florida to Canada.

The Florida charges could slow the extradition process to Quebec, where he faces three counts of first-degree murder.

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