Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Chief suspect in Garda Adrian Donohoe murder arrested

Chief suspect in Garda Adrian Donohoe murder arrested

He is being held this weekend in the Hudson Detention Centre in New Jersey.

According to reports, a man in his mid 20s, from south Armagh, was arrested by Homeland Security Thursday in NY and is a prime suspect in the murder of Garda Adrian Donohoe.

Nobody has yet faced charges in connection with either the murder or robbery.

The man arrested in NY, on Thursday fled Ireland along with other associates and gardaí believe the man arrested is the individual responsible for the killing.

Sources say that numerous people he associated with in the USA were "completely unaware" that he was a suspect in the murder of the hugely respected detective.

United States authorities confirmed the detention of "an Irish national" and said he failed to leave the USA on expiration of his visa.

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"Deportation will be the next step in this process, as it is my understanding the individual was arrested for immigration offences".

She was deported to Ireland in January.

The man who has been arrested in the USA had been living in NY for a number of years since the murder and had recently become a father.

"Over the last four years, investigating officers have carried over 5,600 individual enquiries, taken over 2,500 witness statements and examined in excess of 20,000 hours of CCTV footage", Assistant Garda Commissioner Michael Finn said.

"Extensive inquiries continue to be carried out in this country and with our global partners, including the PSNI".

Chief Supt Sean Ward, of Dundalk garda station, said that An Garda Síochána was working with police forces in the United States and UK as part of the murder investigation.

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