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JumboTron Justice: Murder Suspect Seen on Giant Screen at NBA Game Gets Arrested

Earle Barranco (WCBS)
NYC Murder Suspect Arrested After JumboTron Shows Him at NBA Game
Earle Barranco (WCBS)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CBS/AP)  Beware the JumboTron.

Police in North Carolina arrested a man wanted for a fatal shooting in a New York City diner, after he was spotted on the giant screen at a NBA game.

State and federal agents assisted Charlotte officers Saturday night in arresting 24-year-old Earle Barranco, who was nabbed in one of the VIP areas of Time Warner Cable arena during the hometown Bobcats' loss to the Orlando Magic.

Believe it or not, Barranco was first spied on the arena's JumboTron eight days earlier, and had returned to take in another game.

Police got the tip they needed Oct. 29 when an acquaintance of Barranco spotted him on the giant screen. That person notified authorities, who checked video from the JumboTron camera, and confirmed it was indeed Barranco. What especially did him in was a gaudy pendant he was wearing, thought to be the same one he wore when he committed murder, reports The Daily News.

New York police issued a nationwide arrest warrant for Barranco and also notified authorities in the Bahamas, where his father supposedly lives, following the Oct. 23 shooting death of 28-year-old Corey Scott, according to The New York Daily News.

Police said Scott confronted Barranco at a Manhattan diner over a debt Barranco reportedly owed him. Moments later Barranco allegedly shot Scott in the face, reports the paper.

Authorities said the men knew each other.

Barranco is being held in North Carolina and is expected to be extradited to New York pending a hearing.