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Raid Nets Suspect in May 27 Stamford Murder

Jonathon Catchings, 24, of Stamford was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with the May 27 murder of Raymond Hayward of Stamford. He was taken into custody during a raid on his Durant Street home by Stamford Police and U.S. Marshals.

A warrant for Catchings’ arrest was issued late Tuesday night and police have been tracking him since, Stamford Police Captain Richard Conklin said. Catchings was arrested without incident during the raid, Conklin said.

Police searched the residence and found 7.7 grams of crack-cocaine and ammunition, Conklin said. Forensic testing will be done to see if the ammunition matches the bullet that killed Hayward.

Hayward, 26, was shot and killed early in the morning of May 27 on Rose Park Street. It was the second homicide of the year in Stamford, police say.

Catchings was being held on a $500,000 bond for the first degree murder charge and on an additional $50,000 bond for possession of narcotics and possession of narcotics with the intent to sell charges, Conklin said. Arraignment is expected to take place Friday.

Catchings has served jail time for possession of narcotics and violation of probation, Conklin said.

The U.S. Marshals have assisted Stamford Police from the beginning of the investigation, Conklin said.

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