DETROIT – A registered sex offender charged in the fatal shootings of two people and an attempted rape inside a low-income senior complex in Detroit has been arrested in Virginia.
Detroit police said Monday that James Fleming, 69, surrendered to authorities in Richmond around midnight. No other information about the arrest has been released.
Suspect in custody after double homicide at senior apartment complex
Fleming is accused in the Nov. 13 slayings of an unarmed security guard, 50-year-old Kenneth Hall, and 66-year-old resident Bernice Clark at the Phillip Sims Senior Housing complex.
Fleming is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct. Extradition proceedings are pending, according to the Wayne County prosecutor's office.
The shootings followed the attempted rape of a 30-year-old female acquaintance who had been using cocaine with Fleming in his apartment in an east side building, Police Chief James Craig said last week.
The woman escaped and pulled a fire alarm, summoning firefighters to the building. Firefighters left after finding no fire.
Police alleged that at some point Fleming left the building to possibly retrieve a gun from a parked vehicle. He tried to re-enter his apartment, but had locked himself out.
"After Mr. Hall opened his door for him, it is alleged that Fleming discharged his weapon at Mr. Hall, striking him," the prosecutor's office said Monday in a release. "It is further alleged that the defendant fired his weapon at other people as he exited the building fatally striking Ms. Clark."
Hall was found outside the building. Clark was found in a first-floor hallway. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. It was Hall's first day on the job.
The woman who escaped Flemings' room reported the attempted rape to officers investigating the shootings.
Michigan's Public Sex Offender Registry lists Fleming being convicted in 1988 of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
DETROIT (WJBK) – A suspect is in police custody after two innocent bystanders were shot and killed last week at an apartment complex. One of the victims was a security guard, who was at his first day on the job.
Police had been looking for 69-year-old James Fleming, and we're told by police that the suspect surrendered to authorities in Richmond, Va. Other details weren't immediately given.
The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. November 13 at the Phillip C. Sims Senior Apartments on Dickerson Avenue, near Jefferson.
Police say Fleming had a 30-year-old woman visit him at the complex where he lived and they ingested cocaine. Craig says that's when the suspect allegedly attempted to sexually assault the woman, who fled the location. As she did, she pulled the fire alarm.
"It may have saved her life," Craig said. Crews were dispatched and determined there was no fire, and cleared the location. Meanwhile, the woman escaped the complex.
Police say they believe Fleming then left the location and may have gone to car, where he got a weapon. He re-entered the building and fired the gun, killing two innocent bystanders — the security guard, who was in his 50s, and a 66-year-old woman who has been identified by family as Bernice Clark. Family has identified the security guard as Kenneth Hall.
Fleming is in Richmond right now, awaiting extradition. Court records show he's due in court there Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile Wayne County Prosecutors have charged him with two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of assault with intent to murder and six counts of felony firearm. He is also charged with one count each of kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct second-degree, and felon in possession of a firearm.