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Durham Murder Suspect Arrested In Colorado

Posted December 9, 2005 8:22 a.m. EST

— A suspect wanted on murder charges in Durham was taken into custody after a nearly three-hour standoff with U.S. Marshals and Colorado Springs police.

U.S. Marshals said Danny Lamont Thomas was staying with a woman at a townhome in Colorado Springs. They say he refused to cooperate and barricaded himself inside the residence.

U.S. Marshals spoke with Thomas on the phone to try to get him to surrender, but they eventually put tear gas into his home and took him into custody.

Thomas was the last of three suspects wanted in connection with the July shooting death of 31-year-old Ralph Joseph in Durham. Police believed the motive in that case was robbery. In 2000, Thomas was named a suspect and later found not guilty in the shooting death of a St. Augustine's College student.

Thomas faces charges, including first-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery in Durham. He is also facing charges of trafficking cocaine in Wake County.