WESTMINSTER, Colo. (CBS4)– After a manhunt that spanned more than two weeks and several states, murder suspect James Naulls Jr. has been arrested. Naulls Jr. is wanted for murdering his ex-wife Yasmin Dehabreh in Westminster.

Naulls Jr., 30, was arrested in Houston as he was exiting an auto parts store. He will appear before a judge for extradition back to Colorado in the coming days. Naulls remains in custody without bond.

He was found despite trying to camouflage himself by wearing makeup to cover his face tattoos. Detectives also believe he ran to Texas because there were no other hiding places left in Colorado.

He allegedly beat and strangled Dehabreh, 33, in Westminster on Jan. 30. She was rushed to a hospital and passed away four days later.

(credit: Westminster Police)

The two were previously married and Westminster police said Dehabreh was violently assaulted twice in recent months by Naulls. Naulls was arrested on Nov. 14, 2019 in Denver for aggravated assault on Dehabreh. A protection order was issued through the court after that.

At the time of the search for Naulls, Westminster police believed a family member or a friend was helping to hide Naulls or help him evade police. Detectives are focusing on bringing charges against those who helped him evade capture and run to Texas.


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