Suspected Murderer Caught in AC

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Suspected Murderer Caught in AC A multi-state manhunt for a suspect in a series of fatal jewelry store robberies ended in Atlantic City Friday.

Police arrested Christopher DiMeo (pictured, left), 23, at the Ascot Motel, just off the boardwalk. Investigators said DiMeo had been holed up inside, talking to a police negotiator by phone before he surrendered peacefully.

DiMeo is wanted for allegedly killing three people in four jewelry store robberies in New York and Connecticut since December.

"No demands were ever made. It was just good, solid conversation. He was by himself in the room. We only know that through investigative leads, that at some point in time, we knew he was here, but we don't know if he came here last night or this morning," said Maj. John Hunt, of the New Jersey State Police.

SWAT teams were called in after authorities figured out at about 10 a.m. that DiMeo, who is originally from Long Island, was at the motel. Police cleared everyone else out of the building room by room, before moving in.

"We're very satisfied. Any time you can take a murderer such as this -- or someone suspected of such things -- take them off the street, (you can) make people safe." Hunt said.

DiMeo was arrested on a parole violation out of New York, but other charges are pending. He'll be taken to the Atlantic County jail to await arraignment. Authorities do not believe he committed any crimes while at the Jersey shore.

Fairfield Police Chief Joseph Sambrook said if the murder weapon is recovered and ballistics match the bullets recovered in the Fairfield shooting, "I'm sure we'll be charging him with these homicides."

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