ENFIELD, Conn. (WWLP) – Two Vermont homicide suspects were taken into custody in Enfield Wednesday night.
According to Enfield Police, officers were alerted by Burlington, Vermont Police that the two men–18-year-old Brandon Sanders and 32-year-old Johnny Ford–may be in the area. They were both wanted in connection with the murder of 23-year-old Benzel Hampton.
Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo told 22News their investigation determined that 12 hours after the deadly shooting in Vermont, Ford went to MGM Springfield and played poker. Eleven hours later, he was allegedly kicked out of the casino following a dispute with the staff.
Sanders was pulled over by police on I-91 North near Exit 49 around 6 p.m. Wednesday. The highway was shut down for 20 minutes while Enfield, Vermont, and federal authorities took him into custody. 22News viewer Seth Goodman sent a video of the incident on I-91, which showed police vehicles stopped in the middle of the highway with guns drawn towards a van, and an individual in handcuffs sitting on the ground.
“Mostly what I heard was there was a SWAT situation at the Motel 6 which is surprising for a smaller town, and kind of unnerving,” said Don Bacon of Suffield. “Our daughters were out at the mall, so I didn’t want them to accidentally come by, because SWAT was there. You never know what could happen.”
Ford was taken into custody at Motel 6 in Enfield shortly after. A search warrant executed at the motel allegedly turned up more than $17,000 in cash and 107 grams of crack cocaine.
Chief Del Pozo told 22News Sanders, Ford, and a third suspect 36-year-old James Felix, attacked the murder victim in a driveway as he was completing a drug deal last Tuesday.
“As Hampton was wrestled to the ground, he and his attackers exchanged gunfire. Felix was shot several times, and Hampton was shot in the head and killed,” Del Pozo said.
Felix and a fourth suspect, 32-year-old Lesine Woodson, were arrested in Vermont. All four are being charged with second-degree murder.
- Lots of police activity at Motel 6 in Enfield
- Individuals taken into custody following police activity on I-91 in Enfield