Skip to comments.El Cajon (near San Diego)woman held; was on FBI most wanted list
Posted on 06/06/2005 5:48:29 AM PDT by Ramonan
One of the FBI's most wanted fugitives was captured in El Cajon yesterday after she was profiled on "America's Most Wanted" the night before.
Authorities arrested 34-year-old Malaika Griffin at 5 p.m. yesterday in connection with the 1999 killing of her neighbor in Colorado, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She was arrested at her home on Roanoke Street near Tres Lomas in El Cajon.
The FBI started getting tips about Griffin soon after her story aired Saturday night on the popular TV program, which profiles fugitives and asks for help tracking them down.
Griffin was working at a local biotechnology firm under a fake name, according to FBI spokeswoman Jan Caldwell, who said the suspect had graduated top in her class with a chemistry degree from Jackson State University in Mississippi.
"The trail had grown cold although 'America's Most Wanted' had profiled her numerous times," Caldwell said. Authorities figured she had left the country, according to the TV show's Web site.
It was unknown how the Griffin had been living locally but the FBI found she had been working in two fast-food restaurants in East County in addition to her laboratory job.
In 1999, Griffin was working at a Denver pharmacy and renting a room in a house next door to 25-year-old Jason Horsley. In May of that year, Horsley was on the sidewalk in front of his house organizing his carpentry tools when authorities said Griffin came out and started yelling at him, prompting Horsley's girlfriend to come out. The two women argued intensely, authorities told "America's Most Wanted," then both stalked back into their respective homes.
Witnesses later told authorities that Griffin came out with a 9 mm gun equipped with a laser site and fired one shot into Horsley's back at point-blank range, piercing his heart and killing him instantly. She then carjacked a friend's car, which was later found abandoned in Iowa.
Denver authorities found a cache of weapons inside Griffin's room, including an assault rifle and grenades, according to "America's Most Wanted." They also found terrorist literature about a coming race war and journals in Griffin's handwriting about killing white people, according to the program.
Griffin was booked into Las Colinas Jail on murder charges, officials said.
Shouldn't this be considered a hate crime??
I wonder why the San Diego Union didn't call this a hate crime. She sounds like a real nut case who souldn't be allowed out among civilized people.
I remember this story. She had a pistol with a laser site on it and a degree in chemistry. I didn't know chemists were so tough! I'm glad they caught her.