Javaris Crittenton, a former NBA player, was arrested at a Southern California airport Monday night on suspicion of murder.
Crittenton was taken into custody shortly before boarding a flight to Atlanta from the John Wayne Airport. He reportedly fled to Los Angeles on a one-way ticket to stay with family last Wednesday.
Wanted on a federal arrest warrant, Crittenton was the subject of an FBI manhunt after the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Julian Jones on Aug. 19 in Atlanta, over alleged stolen jewelry. Crittenton was booked at a Los Angeles police station on suspicion of being a fugitive from justice.
According to the Associated Press, his lawyer, Brian Steel, said Crittenton was planning to surrender.
He offered to turn himself in,'' Steel told the AP. He's not guilty. We look forward to getting it to the courts.''
Crittenton posted a comment on his Twitter account, which has been deleted, regarding the incident. I really wanna say sumthing but I wont becuz theirs a dead woman involved, he tweeted, according to CBS Sports.
23-year-old Javaris Crittenton was drafted by the Lakers from Georgia Tech in 2007 before being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. He most recently played for the Washington Wizards.
In 2009, Crittenton was suspended from the NBA for keeping guns in his Washington Wizards locker. The gun charge followed a highly publicized spar with teammate Gilbert Arenas, whom he threatened to shoot in the knee over gambling debts, according to Yahoo Sports. Crittenton pleaded guilty in Jan. 2010 for a misdemeanor and served a year of unsupervised probation.
Crittenton could face a court appearance in California on Wednesday, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.