The man being sought on a capital murder charge related to the death of a Sherman hotel clerk in August has been caught in New York.
Reginald Vernard Campbell Jr., 24, was taken into custody without incident Friday morning on charges of capital murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Campbell was located at an apartment complex in Mount Vernon, New York, and was apprehended by U.S. Marshals and officers of the Mount Vernon and Yonkers police departments. Sherman Police Department Chief Zachary Flores said the Texas Rangers and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms also assisted in the investigation.
“The best feeling that we have is for the family and that we’re able to bring some sort of closure to them,” Flores said at a press conference Friday afternoon. “Them being aware that two suspects have been arrested, yet one was still out, still left a void. So to be able to do that for them, that feels good.”
Deputy U.S. Marshal Kevin Kamrowski said the agency learned Campbell had possible ties to residents in South Carolina and New York. Kamrowski said that information was confirmed by at least one person who provided a tip to authorities.
“We were working some leads from some guys down in Texas and they had some information that he may be up here with an individual,” Kamrowski said of Campbell. “We checked it out and we ended up finding him.”
The Texas Department of Public Safety added Campbell to its list of Texas’ 10 Most Wanted fugitives earlier this week for his role in the killing of Brandon Hubert, 32, who worked as a clerk at the Quality Suites hotel off of U.S. Highway 75 in Sherman. The DPS also offered a reward for information leading to Campbell’s arrest and the agency has since confirmed that a reward was paid in relation to the case.
The Sherman Police Department arrested Karalyn Marie Cross, 19, and Nikeya Marquice Grant, 24, last month on charges of capital murder in Hubert’s death. The department said Hubert was killed during an apparent robbery of the hotel and the DPS fugitive page for Campbell states authorities identified Campbell as the masked suspect in the robbery and murder.
Sherman Police were dispatched to the Quality Suites shortly after 5 a.m. on Aug. 11 after receiving a report that an unresponsive man was found in the hotel. In the following days, the department released few details on the investigation but did circulate photos on social media of a woman who was wanted for questioning in connection with the case. Sherman Police Sgt. D.M. Hampton said the woman in the photo turned out to be Cross and the break led to the identification of Grant and Campbell as suspects.
On Aug. 18, the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas issued a federal warrant for Campbell’s arrest for unlawful flight charge and on Aug. 23, law enforcement officers encountered Campbell near Columbia, South Carolina. At that time, Campbell resisted and assaulted the officers, which resulted in him escaping.
“When he was contacted by members of the federal task force in South Carolina, he immediately fought,” Flores said. “It was apparent that he had no intent on giving up peacefully at that point.”
Flores said investigators would continue their work to determine what Campbell did and where he stayed during his two months on the run. The Sherman Police chief did not say whether investigators had recovered a possible murder weapon, when asked.
Cross and Grant were booked into the Grayson County Jail on Aug. 23 and neither has posted the $1 million surety bonds required for release. Grayson County Jail records do not list an attorney for either individual.
Kamrowski said Campbell was booked into a detention facility in White Plains, New York, where he will remain in custody for the time being.
“He will be extradited,” Flores said of Campbell. “However, it seems as though that time frame will be a couple weeks.”