Auburn police arrest wanted man during traffic stop

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AUBURN — A routine traffic stop led to the arrest of a New York man wanted for a parole violation in Pennsylvania, according to Auburn police.

At approximately 9:50 p.m. on March 27, officers from the Auburn Police Department’s Proactive Community Enforcement (PACE) Unit pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation.

During the stop, a passenger attempted to conceal his identity by providing a false name to the authorities.

The subsequent investigation revealed the man’s true identity as James Gaines, 39, of Brooklyn, New York.

Auburn police confirmed that Gaines had an active warrant for a parole violation stemming from a homicide conviction in Pennsylvania.

Gaines was taken into custody and booked into the Androscoggin County Jail.

He is being held without bail pending a court appearance, where arrangements for his extradition to Pennsylvania will be discussed.

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