Warrant Issued for Arrest of Suspect in Vermont Capital's First Murder in Nearly 100 Years

A manhunt is on for the suspect in the Vermont capital city's first murder in nearly 100 years.

Vermont State Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Jayveon Caballero on suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of Markus Austin.

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Austin was shot dead early Sunday morning in a Montpelier parking lot. Austin's was the first murder in the Vermont capital since the 1920s, police said.

Montpelier has a population of just around 7,500 compared with the state's largest town of Burlington, which about 42,000 people call home.

According to the VSP, Caballero's girlfriend, Desiree Cary, was assaulted by Markus Austin prior to the victim's death. 

Before dawn on Sunday, police believe Caballero confronted Austin before shooting him and fleeing the scene. 

After detectives learned that Cary resides at an apartment with Caballero, members of the Vermont State Police Tactical Services Unit and detectives executed a search warrant at this residence in an attempt to locate Caballero and search for evidence of the crime. 

However, Cabarello was not located. 

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Detectives have received information that Caballero may have fled the State of Vermont sometime during the day on Sunday. It is not known at this time whether Caballero is traveling in a vehicle.

Anyone with information regarding this homicide or who has information regarding the location of Jayveon Caballero is asked to contact the Vermont State Police at (802) 229-9191.

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