After two years on the run, murder suspect Caba Alphonso Woodrup, 29, was brought back to St. Thomas to face charges in connection with the April 2010 shooting death of Patrick Smith. Woodrup was detained during a traffic stop by law enforcement in Fulton County, Ga., where he was living. Police said Woodrup fled St. Thomas less than 24 hours after Smith’s murder.
Smith was shot several times while in the Paul M. Pearson Gardens Housing Community on April 25, 2010. He later died from his injuries. Major Crime Detectives at the time conducted an investigation and determined that Woodrup was the suspect.
On July 27, 2010, an arrest warrant was issued for Woodrup charging him with first degree murder, first degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.
The investigation revealed Woodrup left St. Thomas on April 26, 2010. The warrant information was placed into the National Crime Information Center database.
This July 22, the Police Department was notified via the National Crime Information Center that Woodrup was detained by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.
Woodrup signed a waiver of extradition. Major Crimes detectives and Intelligence Unit agents went to Georgia and extradited Woodrup back to St. Thomas to face the charges.
Woodrup was advised of his rights in Superior Court on Friday. Unable to post bail, Woodrup was turned over to the Bureau of Corrections pending further court proceedings.