Orlando Murder Suspect Captured at Tallahassee Apartment

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Tallahassee, Florida - Feb. 17, 2012 -
by Lanetra Bennett

U.S. Marshals burst into an apartment early this morning to nab a sleeping murder suspect.

Authorities say 21-year-old Nima Moradi was hiding out with friends here at Gateway at Seminole Suites on Jackson Bluff Road.

Moradi was wanted for stabbing a man in Orlando last week. and the marshals caught up with him early this morning while he was sleeping on the couch.

The U.S. Marshals say the roommates in Apartment 928 of Gateway at Seminole Suites Apartments in Tallahassee had no idea they were harboring a fugitive...

Their neighbor had no idea either...

"They arrested a murder suspect. Oh, really? Oh, geez."

But, the neighbor did see the marshals when they were there to arrest murder suspect Nima Moradi.

Derron Scott, neighbor, says, "I was wondering what had happened. I looked out the door and they told me to get back inside and clear the way. Kind of scary, well very scary. No idea what happened."

The U.S. Marshals say eight of them woke Moradi up off the couch at gunpoint early Friday morning, and arrested him.

"It just kind of worried me because i live right next door."

The Marshals say on February 9th in Orlando , Moradi had a fight with 25-year-old Richard Luyo.

Authorities say Moradi stabbed Luyo several times in front of Luyo's six-year-old son...

The marshals say Luyo tried to get away, but ended up crashing his car into a lamppost near the scene, and later died.

Luyo died Monday from the stabbing.

Authorities say Moradi fled to Tallahassee to hide out with friends.

Sallam Fadeyi, a neighbor, says, "It's kind of crazy. It kind of makes you wonder if you're safe because i didn't know anything about it; and they stay right under me, so it's kind of bizarre."

Moradi is charged with 2nd Degree Homicide. He was booked into the Leon County Jail where he will remain awaiting extradition to Orlando to face his murder charge.


Tallahassee, Florida - Feb. 17, 2012 -

U.S. Marshals make an arrest off Jackson Bluff Road in Tallahassee. Nima Moradi was arrested in connection with a February 9th stabbing in Orlando.

Moradi was woken up by U.S. Marshals as he slept on a couch at a Tallahassee apartment complex. Marshals say Moradi was staying with friends at 2421 Jackson Bluff Road (Seminole Suites) and was asleep on the couch when marshals surrounded him with guns drawn.

Moradi was wanted for the February 9th stabbing of Richard Luyo. Marshals say Luyo was stabbed in front of his 6 year old son. Luyo fled in a car but crashed. He died 4 days later. Marshals say Moradi’s friends are college students in Tallahassee and had no idea he was wanted for murder.

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U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Arrests Orlando Murder Suspect at Tallahassee Apartment Complex

The US Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (FRFTF) today announced the arrest of 21 year old Nima Nash Moradi of Orlando, Florida at an apartment complex located at 2421 Jackson Bluff Rd in Tallahassee, FL. Moradi was currently being sought by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orlando, FL on charges of 2nd Degree Homicide. According to Orange County Detectives, Moradi was involved in a physical altercation at his home on 02/09/2012 in Orlando, FL with 25 year old Richard Luyo. According to information provided by investigators Moradi stabbed Luyo multiple times in front of Luyo’s 6 year old child. Luyo then fled the scene with his child and crashed his car into a lamppost a short distance from the scene. On 02/13/2012 Orange County Detectives upgraded the Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon charge to 2nd Degree Homicide after Luyo died from wounds received during the assault. FRFTF Task Force members received information late last night indicating that Moradi had fled the Orlando, FL area and travelled to Tallahassee, FL to hide out with friends. Early this morning FRFTF Task Force members working with Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Special Agents located Moradi asleep on a couch in an apartment located at 2421 Jackson Bluff Rd. Moradi was roused from his sleep by a heavily armed eight man entry team and was arrested without incident. Moradi was booked into the Leon County Jail by task force officers where he will remain awaiting extradition back to Orlando, FL to face his murder charge.

The Tallahassee Division of the FRFTF is comprised of state and local law enforcement officers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Leon County State Attorney’s Office, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Perry Police Department, Tallahassee Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, and the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office. US Marshal Ed Spooner stated that the arrest of Nima Moradi showcased the ability of federal, state and local law enforcement officers who currently work under the authority of the US Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force to quickly locate and safely apprehend violent fugitives who are on the run and hiding out in the North Florida area.

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