A 19-year-old homicide suspect who police said cut off his court-ordered ankle monitor this month was arrested Friday morning in Mint Hill.
Ricco McHam was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his best friend, Markas Vereen, last Fourth of July. Prosecutors said both McHam and Vereen were wounded in a shooting involving a rival in the Grier Heights neighborhood. The two drove to a hospital, where they crashed their car into the emergency room. Vereen died there and McHam was charged in Vereen’s death.
A judge set a bond for McHam at $275,000 and he was placed under 24-hour home detention in February after he was able to post bond.
Police said McHam cut off his ankle monitor and ran away on June 15, the date of a court hearing to decide if he had violated his bond. He has a lengthy arrest history in Mecklenburg County, with at least 16 arrests for charges that include assaulting a female, drug trafficking and firearm violations.
McHam faces charges of murder, felony possession of a firearm, damage to property, and interfering with an electronic monitoring device, police said.
LaVendrick Smith; 704-358-5101; @LaVendrickS