Biloxi police arrested a man Friday wanted in a triple homicide in California.
Jerod Michael Watson, 52, of Sacramento was taken into custody about 3 p.m., Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said.
California authorities believe Watson killed a woman and her two grandsons in a home in Sacramento on Oct. 15.
Miller said the Biloxi Police Department’s nuisance detail responded to a complaint near a post office in East Biloxi. The detail is familiar with the homeless community in Biloxi. Miller said the officer believes Watson was panhandling.
“They (police) confronted him. He lied about his identity at first but they learned he was wanted out of Sacramento,” Miller said.
Investigators then determined Watson was listed on the National Crime Information Center database in regard to a killing.
Sacramento police considered Watson to be armed and “extremely dangerous.” The Sacramento Bee reported the coroner said the three victims were stabbed or slashed.
Watson was believed to have fled to Reno, Nevada, but police had no luck apprehending him, according to the Bee.
Miller said it’s unlikely Watson has been in the area for long.
“We have guys on the nuisance detail out every day,” Miller said. “They know this guy isn’t from around here. How he wound up here, I don’t know.”
Watson will be held without bond at the Harrison County jail awaiting extradition.
“He’s a dangerous guy,” Miller said. “I’m glad he’s off the street. It’s some good solid work from the public and our guys.”