Fugitive from North Carolina murder arrested in Shawnee

Shawnee police car
Posted at 2:52 PM, Mar 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-01 16:11:55-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man wanted for a murder in Charlotte, North Carolina, was arrested in Shawnee, Kansas, overnight.

Shawnee police arrested Darian Thavychith and booked him into the Johnson County, Kansas, Detention Center.

NBC affiliate WCNC in Charlotte reported that two warrants were issued for Thavychith in connection to the death of Ethan Rivera.

Rivera was a Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) bus driver, according to WCNC.

Thavychith is accused of allegedly shooting and killing Rivera in a road rage incident.

Maj. Jim Baker, with the Shawnee Police Department, said officers were called to a gas station to check if a person there needed assistance.

While doing so, police identified Thavychith and they determined he had a felony arrest warrant out of North Carolina.

Baker said he was taken into custody without incident.

A Johnson Couny Sheriff’s spokesperson told KSHB 41 that Thavychith is being extradited back to Charlotte.

Thavycith waived his extradition hearing.

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