Man accused of killing New York cabbie captured in NC

A photo New York police believe shots Unique Gray. (NYPD)

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A man sought for murdering a cab driver in New York City was captured Sunday in Greenville, according to WNCT.

Unique Gray, 23, was arrested Sunday after he first fled officers, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He is wanted in the murder of a cab driver Naji Fawaz in New York on June 29. Fawaz was found shot in the front seat around 12:21 a.m. in Bedford-Stuyesant in New York. Fawaz, 35, was shot in the neck and torso and died at the hospital.

The New York Daily News reported that Fawaz, a native of Yemen, worked two jobs and was the father of four.

On Aug. 25, deputies stopped a car that ran a stop sign  at the intersection of Belvoir Highway and Lauray Drive.

During the stop, deputies say the passenger, who gave a false name of Jaral Davis, took off running. Deputies chased after him, even using police dogs, but they couldn’t capture him.Unique Gray

The driver of the car, Gregory Stephens, was charged with No Operators license and Failing to Stop at a Stop Sign.

On Saturday, deputies realized Jaral Davis was not the real name of the passenger. Deputies also learned the man was staying with Stephens at his home.

After searching the Stephens’ home and interviewing residents, deputies identified “Jaral Davis” as Unique Gray of Brooklyn, New York.

On Sunday around 9 a.m., a Greenville Police Officer spotted Gray walking on Green Street near Mumford Road.  When the officer approached Gray he took off running again. Deputies and officers caught Gray a short time later.

Gray is in the Pitt County Detention Center awaiting extradition to New York. He is being held without bond.

Deputies said Stephens faces an additional charge of Felony Conspiracy. He is in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $100,000 bond.

The Sheriff’s Office also charged 20-year-old Malina Varnes with a felony count of Harboring an Escapee. She is in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $100,000 bond.

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