Tipsters led California police to a man wanted in Hawaii for allegedly stabbing a homeless man to death in a stairwell in Kailua, a CrimeStoppers news release said.
Robert Roediger-Geauque was arrested on Thursday in Santa Barbara, Calif., on suspicion of murdering of Scott MacMillan, 37, who died of multiple stab wounds on Jan. 13. Roediger-Geauque was booked for investigation of second-degree murder.
CrimeStoppers put out a notice on Feb. 28, identifying Roediger-Geauque as a suspect in the murder and seeking the public’s help in finding him.
The next day, Santa Barbara police received tips that Roediger-Geauque was in their jurisdiction and called the Honolulu Police Department.
An arrest warrant was obtained on Wednesday, and Santa Barbara police arrested Roediger-Geauque the next day.
Sgt. Kim Buffett, coordinator of CrimeStoppers Honolulu, didn’t know how Roediger-Geauque, who police previously said may be homeless, traveled to the mainland. She said Roediger-Geauque has family in the islands.
An extradition is pending. HPD will send officers to California to pick up Roediger-Geauque.