Two Springfield murder suspects arrested within 24 hours

Travis Perkins and Brian Slater have been arrested in connection with the murder of Jermaine Cowell

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The U.S. Marshals held a news conference at 2:30 p.m.Wednesday afternoon to announce that two Springfield murder suspects wanted in the July 19th gang-related shooting of 27-year-old Jermaine Cowell of Springfield have been arrested within the last 24 hours.

21-year-old Travis Perkins was arrested at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday in Scranton, PA. He was traced from surveillance by the United States Marshals Service and the Scranton Police Department Swat team in Scranton.

A second suspect, 21-year-old Brian Slater was arrested on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at 23 Draper St. in Springfield by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Springfield Police Department.

Hampden County Superior Court issued warrants on September 16th charging Perkins and Slater with homicide in the gang-related shooting of Jermaine Cowell. U.S. Marshal John Gibbons says, “These arrests are a result of hard work and the investigative efforts of many law enforcement agencies.”

The arrests were made from a collaborative effort by the U.S. Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force, the Massachusetts State Police VFAS unit, and the Springfield Police Department. Gibbons mentioned how appreciative he is for the teamwork. “There is tremendous collaboration and coordination of effort in order to take these violent fugitives off the street.”

Hampden County District Attorney James Orenstein also thanked the team for their work. “Because of their work, two violent fugitives are off the street tonight and I commend them for their work.”

Orenstein said Slater will be arraigned in Springfield district court on Thursday, October 30. It has not been determined when Perkins will be arraigned.

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