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Alleged 'Handshake Killer' arrested in Dallas

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Shelby County Sheriff deputies were in Dallas Wednesday to pick up fugitive Keith Brown of Memphis, who has been on the run for an alleged murder dating back seven years.

Brown was under the radar since he disappeared in 2006. It was not until his picture was profiled Dec. 17, 2012, on Mid-South's Most Wanted that he was soon appended in Texas. Law enforcement say Brown walked up to man in 2006, shook his hand, and then shot the man to death.

"Pretty cold blooded. Walked up and shook a man's hand then shot him four times," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Seth Bruce.


The scene was Wellington Avenue, south of downtown in 2006. It could have provided inspiration for a mob movie.

"We kept up the pressure and kept our investigation and with help of the Most Wanted program something shook loose for us," Deputy Marshal Bruce said after Brown's image was featured on FOX13 News.

A tip from a viewer led the Marshals' fugitive task force to Dallas, where they caught Brown at this apartment complex. His look had not changed much and neither had the pursuit to find him.

"I believe he said he knew his time was up," Bruce said.

Brown becomes the most notable of 15 wanted criminals caught so far in 2013 out of 51 fugitives provided by area law enforcement.

"There is nothing better than a hot microphone and visibility out in the community because you can reach 600,000-700,000 people who can generate information back to you," said Memphis Police Col. Mike Rydall.

Crime Stoppers Director Buddy Chapman believes viewers call the hotline of 901-528-CASH to help police and get paid in the process.

"You get paid off in cash," Chapman said. "Nobody needs not know where that $100 came from, and secondly you are totally anonymous."

"The public is very engaged," added Col. Rydall. "They want their neighborhoods back. They want their lifestyle back."

Deputy Marshal Bruce says the public often tells them where and when a fugitive can be caught because more eyes are on the target.

"How could you go down to the gas station for a cup of coffee without saying, 'Hey I saw you on the news last night,'" he said.

Brown is expected to make his first court appearance - ever - in connection with the 2006 homicide on Wellington. Prosecutors will recommend no bond set or argue for a high bond because Brown is flight risk.

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