Javaris Crittenton Arrested at a California Airport

by August 30, 2011

Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton is finally in police custody, facing a murder charge. The AJC has the details of his arrest last night: “He was taken into custody at John Wayne Airport after checking in for a Delta Air Lines flight to Atlanta, the FBI said. He was arrested without incident and will be held overnight in police custody, authorities said. Crittenton’s lawyer said his client had agreed to surrender to local authorities who’ve charged him in the shooting death of a 22-year-old mother of four. Crittenton was scheduled to be on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta, said attorney Brian Steel, retained by family members earlier Monday. ‘Mr. Crittenton wants to clear his name,’ Steel told the AJC. ‘He’s innocent of the charges.’ The FBI ‘s Atlanta office on Monday obtained a federal arrest warrant for Crittenton, charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He’s wanted in Atlanta for the Aug. 19 shooting of 22-year-old Julian Jones, hit by bullets apparently intended for someone known by the mother of four, APD Maj. Keith Meadows said. Jones was walking with a group that included, according to police, the man Crittenton believed had robbed him of jewelry in April. Witnesses told police the shots were fired near Jones’ Macon Drive home in southwest Atlanta from a black Chevrolet Tahoe linked to the former prep standout. ‘It appears Mr. Crittenton observed who he thought was the perpetrator walking down the street,’ Meadows said. ‘It so happens Miss Jones was walking down the street at the same time.'”