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Man wanted in 2008 New York murder arrested in Alpharetta

Alpharetta police arrested a man in September on several charges, and now that same man has been charged with the 2008 murder of a man in Yonkers, New York.

Damon Scott, 41, was arraigned before a judge in Westchester County, New York on Jan. 12 and charged with one count of murder in the second degree. The crime he is accused of committing is the June 16, 2008 murder of 35-year-old Jerome Hancock, who was shot in the chest while he was waiting for a cab, according to the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

If convicted, Scott faces 25 years to life in state prison. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment and is being held without bond. His next court date is Jan. 25.


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According to a police report, Scott was pulled over by Alpharetta police at 2:21 p.m. on Sept. 20 for going 60 mph in a 40 mph zone on Haynes Bridge Road. Scott, driving a 2016 gray Infiniti, also made unsafe lane changes.

Scott gave police fake names, including “Justin Daniels,” “Jaffar Jackson” and “Anthony Rivera” before giving his real name, police said. Scott also gave police fake ages.

While searching the vehicle, police found a Excam .38 revolver in a black backpack. Scott told police he is a convicted felon, according to the report, and that the gun wasn’t his. Scott was charged with illegal possession of a firearm and several traffic violations, according to the report.

According to online records, Scott was held in Fulton County jails last year from Sept. 21 to Nov. 18, then Nov. 27 to Dec. 13.


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At the time of the 2008 murder, the Westchester DA says that Scott was a cab driver for Yonkers Union Taxi. Hancock was waiting for a cab and at 4:50 p.m. a Lincoln Town Car taxi pulled up to 206 South Broadway in Yonkers. According to the DA, a shooter killed Hancock, shooting him in the upper left chest from the passenger side window.

The DA says that Scott fled to Georgia in an attempt to elude police. After his arrest in Alpharetta, the Yonkers Police Department was notified. An arrest warrant was lodged and Scott waived extradition.


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