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Fort Worth homicide fugitive arrested in New Mexico

Donald Fourqurean
Donald Fourqurean Mansfield Jail

Authorities say a man wanted in a Fort Worth homicide case has been arrested in New Mexico.

Las Cruces police say Donald Fourqurean, 54, was taken into custody Wednesday after a brief car chase.

Fourqurean was being booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center and will likely be held without bail while awaiting extradition to Texas.

Fourqurean was wanted in a case that involved the death of Jimmy Ellis, 46, of Fort Worth.

Patrol officers responded to a shooting call about 12:10 a.m. Dec. 23 at an apartment in the 4800 block of East Lancaster Avenue. Inside the front door, officers found the body of a man who had been shot several times.

Homicide detectives determined that the suspect came to the apartment to smoke drugs with the victim and others. At some point, the suspect and the victim had an altercation, and the suspect shot the victim, police said.

Fourqurean was interviewed by detectives and was later arrested. His bail was set at $500,000, but Tarrant County court records show that it was reduced to $200,000 with conditions including that Fourqurean would wear an electric monitor if released from jail.

Fourqurean was freed on bail in February. On Tuesday, a judge ruled that his bail was insufficient and issued an arrest warrant after it was determined that Fourqurean had cut off his ankle monitor and fled.

A nationwide warrant was issued for Fourqurean’s arrest.

Las Cruces police say they learned that Fourqurean might be in the city and driving a car with Oklahoma license plates.

After a short pursuit, Fourqurean was arrested Wednesday afternoon, police say.

Staff writers Patrick M. Walker and Deanna Boyd contributed to this report, which includes material from The Associated Press and the Star-Telegram archives.