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FL murder suspect arrested in Thomas County


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THOMAS COUNTY, GA (WALB) –A Florida murder suspect is behind bars in Thomas County thanks to several law enforcement agencies working together.

Authorities describe 36-year old Monday Demarsh as a violent criminal but they arrested him without incident.

When the Tallahassee U.S. Marshals office contacted authorities in Thomas County about a murder suspect on the run, Sheriff's investigators immediately got to work.

"We try to help everyone as if it were Thomas County because we're all working for the same cause. Rooting for law enforcement," explains Lt. Steven Jones of the Thomas County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities received word that 36-year old Monday Demarsh would be in town Friday. He's suspected of killing his 44-year old girlfriend Virginia Varnum.

"He has a history of violence both with civilians and law enforcement," Lt. Jones told us. "We were prepared for armed and dangerous. It made us want to make no mistakes."

Making sure we not to tip off anyone of what was going on, officers from both Florida and Thomas County agencies outnumbered the suspect at Skandia Shutters.

"He was supposed to be picking up his brother from work and that's how we nabbed him."

Authorities arrested Demarsh and his brother Nathan Page without incident. Page was turned over to Brooks County on an unrelated warrant.

"That was a very good capture," says a proud Jones. "We felt great about it especially knowing his history. People like that need to be taken into custody."

So they dropped everything they were doing Friday to make sure that happened.

Demarsh is being held at the Thomas County jail awaiting extradition to Florida on charges of second degree murder and dealing in stolen property.

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