A suspect in a Westminster domestic violence homicide was captured Tuesday in Houston where he is being held without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder.
Westminster police and the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force began their search for James Arthur Naulls, Jr., 30, in early February. He was wanted in connection with the death of his ex-wife, 33-year-old Yasmin Usama DaHabrah.
Westminster police responded to a 911 call on Jan. 31 about a woman who had fallen, but upon arrival, they discovered suspicious circumstances, according to a news release from the Westminster Police Department. DaHabrah was taken to a hospital with serious and life-threatening injuries but died on Feb. 3.
Naulls, who allegedly beat and strangled DaHabrah, was located by the Houston Police Department Tuesday where he was leaving an auto parts store. He was taken into custody without incident, a Westminster Police Department news release said. Westminster detectives traveled to Houston to continue their investigation.
DaHabrah’s family is still grieving her death and said in a statement that they were “overwhelmed when detectives called and couldn’t stop shaking for hours after hearing the news.”
Westminster police believe that Naulls’ friends or family helped him hide from detectives, said Sgt. Trevor Materasso, a Westminster Police Department spokesman. Police do not know how many people may have aided Naulls, but Materasso said they are focusing on identifying those individuals and charging them. Upon locating Naulls, detectives determined he was wearing makeup to hide his face tattoos, and they believe he fled to Texas because there was no place for him to hide in Colorado, according to the news release.
Naulls will appear before a Houston judge in the coming days for an extradition hearing. He will then be given the chance to argue why he should not be removed from Texas, Materasso said.
Naulls’ Colorado criminal history dates back to 2008 with convictions for aggravated robbery and second-degree burglary.
In August, Naulls was charged with second-degree assault – causing injury with a deadly weapon, menacing and weapons possession by a felon, according to Colorado Bureau of Investigation criminal records. He also faces charges filed in November in Denver for second-degree assault – causing serious bodily injury, second-degree assault – strangulation, third-degree assault and kidnapping.