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SLAYING SUSPECT FOUND IN ALASKA FUGITIVE WAS LIVING BY ANOTHER NAME.

Byline: KAREN MAESHIRO

Staff Writer

LANCASTER -- A Lancaster man accused of gunning down another man during a 2005 fight at a carwash has been arrested in Anchorage, where he was living under another person's name.

Deandre Brumfield, 22, had obtained the Social Security number of a California resident and acquired an Alaska driver's license under that name.

"As far as I know, he was living under an assumed identity and trying to avoid prosecution," sheriff's homicide detective Gary Sica said. "Once Anchorage police were aware he may be in the area, they contacted me, and between the two of us, we coordinated efforts to determine whether this person was indeed Brumfield and it turned out that it was."

The fugitive was arrested June 19 on an outstanding murder warrant after Anchorage police and the FBI received a tip that he was in the area.

Brumfield was wanted in the slaying of 22-year-old Quinton Wright, who was shot to death Aug. 23, 2005, at the Lancaster Car Wash in the 800 block of East Avenue J, where both men were getting their vehicles washed or worked on.

"According to witness accounts, there was a verbal altercation that escalated into a physical altercation," Sica said. "That physical altercation culminated in Mr. Brumfield shooting Mr. Wright in front of patrons and employees at the carwash."

Investigators previously said in 2005 that Wright was shot during a fight over Brumfield's girlfriend, Charlotte Layne, 21, of Lancaster.

Layne's whereabouts were unknown, but Sica said she might have accompanied Brumfield to Alaska. She was not a suspect in the murder, but detectives would like to question her, Sica said.

After the shooting, Brumfield couldn't drive away because his vehicle was having its oil changed, so his girlfriend called her mother to pick them up, sheriff's deputies said.

The mother had no knowledge of the killing when she picked them up, deputies said. Deputies found the sport utility vehicle and the mother at a Lancaster home.

Sica said Brumfield is fighting extradition to California.

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