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James Fleming (Photo: Detroit police)

Man Wanted In Detroit Double Slaying Arrested In Virginia

November 19, 2018 - 1:45 pm

DETROT (WWJ) - A Detroit man accused in a double slaying at an east side senior housing complex has been arrested in Virginia.

Detroit police said 69-year-old James Fleming, who went on the run after the shooting last Tuesday night, was taken into custody Richmond, Virginia, at around 12 a.m. Monday.

It was initially reported that Fleming surrendered to local police, but assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Maria Miller said around 9 p.m. Monday that Richmond police arrested him.

He remains jailed, awaiting extradition to Michigan where he is accused of killing a 50-year-old unarmed security guard and a 66-year-old female resident at the Phillip G. Sims Senior Housing complex, on Dickerson

According to police, a 30-year-old woman was visiting Fleming on Nov. 13, and both were using cocaine, when he attempted to rape her. The woman pulled a fire alarm and was able to escape. 

A short time later, investigators say Fleming got into an argument with another resident and locked himself out of his apartment. When security guard Kenneth Hall opened his door for him, police said Fleming fatally shot him. 

As he was fleeing the building, police said Fleming fired several shots in the lobby, fatally striking Bernice Clark of Detroit. 

Clark's niece Erica Branch said Fleming's arrest was long-awaited news for her family.

"It was a big relief," Branch told WWJ Newsradio 950, Monday afternoon. "We haven't slept. We've been up grieving, trying to hold each other together. We were very excited when we heard that the cops had aprehendeed him, and that he was locked up."

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office has charged Fleming with two counts of first degree murder, three counts of assault with intent to murder and six counts of felony firearm.

He is also charged with one count each of kidnappings, second degree criminal sexual conduct and felon in possession of a firearm.