Hinesville police arrested a New Jersey man wanted for murder early Friday morning.
The suspect, Rasheed Bostic, 29, had given local police several false names and dates of birth when he was initially arrested at 4:35 a.m. Sept. 4, at 910 Brett Drive in Hinesville on charges of simple assault, simple battery, obstructing an officer and public drunkenness.
Once his identity was verified, Bostic was taken to the Liberty County Jail and held for extradition to New Jersey on an active warrant of homicide from Union County, N.J., and a parole violation warrant issued by the New Jersey Department of Corrections.
The arresting officer ran Bostic’s information and aliases through the Georgia Crime Information Computer and the National Crime Information Computer to properly identify him.
“In the past, we were limited,” said Hinesville Police Det. Doug Snider. “Now (the computer system) is something we use a lot.”
Snider said the state and national crime information computer systems maintain individuals’ criminal records and can help identify suspects through birth dates, aliases, vehicle registrations and reports of stolen property.
Hinesville police apprehended Bostic after responding to an alleged simple
A Brett Drive woman told police she and Bostic — who she knew as “Fool” — and several friends were riding in her truck Friday. She and Bostic were arguing, the woman said, and he hit her in the face with a closed fist. He then got out of the truck and ran away, according to the police report.
The arresting officer went to Bostic’s apartment to question him about the incident, but Bostic stepped out of his door and ran away. The officer chased Bostic around the apartment complex and across the tennis courts where a second police officer joined the pursuit.
Bostic ran in a circle back to his apartment, reported the arresting officer. The officer said he went to the apartment’s back door and the second officer stood at the suspect’s front door. Two more officers also arrived on scene, according to the police report.
Police forced entry into Bostic’s apartment. Bostic was trying to open a window in a back bedroom when officers found him. The arresting officer reported Bostic smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Bostic was taken into custody and transported to the Hinesville Police Department.
At the station, the arresting officer tried to obtain more information about Bostic.
Bostic told the officer his name was Jamar Miller of New Jersey and his birth date was June 1, 1980. When that information was run through the state and national computer information systems it came up empty. Bostic then told police his name was Abubaker Salahuddin and said he was born May 15, 1982. The arresting officer still could not verify Bostic’s identity. Then Bostic told the officer his birth date was May 16, 1986, which also did not reveal Bostic’s identity.
After Bostic was taken to jail, the arresting officer again tried to verify Bostic’s identity by running another of the names Bostic had given him through the National Crime Information Computer. This time, the system gave the officer an alias for Rasheed Bostic, which was tied to the parole and homicide warrants.
The arresting officer obtained photographs of Bostic from New Jersey law enforcement agencies and compared these photos to Bostic, who was being held at the jail.
The officer also matched a scar on Bostic’s right thumb to the record brought up through the national computer system.
“If the officers are diligent in their duties, they list tattoos, scars and amputations and where they are located on an individual,” Snider said.
The arresting officer told Bostic he would be going back to New Jersey and Bostic replied, “I know.” Bostic asked the officer what the (New Jersey) charges were and the officer told him probation violation and homicide, to which Bostic replied, “Is that all they are going to charge me with is the homicide?”
Snider explained spontaneous utterances made by a suspect can also help in an investigation.
“These spontaneous utterances can be incriminating,” Snider said.