Homicide suspect who fled house arrest found in Mint Hill

Ricco McHam, 19, was arrested in Mint Hill Friday.
Ricco McHam, 19, was arrested in Mint Hill Friday. Mecklenburg County Jail

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