Fifth suspect nabbed in St. Johnsbury 2022 murder case

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ST. JOHNSBURY — The fifth and final suspect facing charges in connection with a homicide in December 2022 in St. Johnsbury has been arrested.

Danny Daniels, 32, of Philadelphia, was arrested Monday afternoon in New Orleans by members of the Louisiana State Police and other law-enforcement agencies on a host of Louisiana state charges.

Daniels, along with a second man, was taken into custody following a vehicle pursuit and foot chase involving the Louisiana State Police, the FBI’s New Orleans Field Office, the New Orleans Police Department, and the Port of New Orleans Harbor Police.

Daniels is the subject of a Vermont state arrest warrant charging him with aiding in the commission of first-degree murder, aiding in the commission of assault and robbery with a weapon, and aiding in the commission of burglary.

The charges stem from the fatal shooting of Israel Jimenez Lugo, 49, sometime overnight Dec. 13-14, 2022, at the St. Johnsbury apartment house where he lived.

In addition, Daniels faces federal drug-related charges in the District of Vermont.

Details regarding his return to Vermont and the timing of when he will face the state charges related to the homicide remain pending.

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