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Duluth murder suspect apprehended in Mississippi

Nicambreon Flowers

Nicambreon Flowers

Nicambreon Flowers was arrested Thursday in Hattiesburg, Miss., some 400 miles from the Duluth-area apartment complex where police believe he killed a man.

Following the April 19 murder, Gwinnett County sheriff’s deputies developed leads that Flowers, 24, had headed west. They forwarded that information to authorities in Mississippi, who arrested him Thursday in Hattiesburg, a college town about an hour north of Biloxi.

Flowers is being held there at the Forrest County jail and awaiting extradition to Gwinnett, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Deputy Shannon Volkodav said. He has been charged with murder and armed robbery.

Gwinnett County police were called to the Astor Place Apartments at 1435 Boggs Road around noon on April 19, finding the body of 21-year-old Joel Tengue. They quickly identified Flowers as the suspect and issued warrants that claimed he shot Tengue before stealing his backpack.

Police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said investigators now believe the incident was drug related.