Elmont truck driver picks up TN murder suspect

WOODBURY - A truck driver from Elmont who picked up a hitchhiker in Tennessee is in shock tonight after learning that his passenger was a wanted murder suspect. Manuel Velasco says he picked up a traveler, identified as Charles Kelly, at a gas station along I-81. Kelly rode with Velasco for four days and twice had dinner at his home. On Thursday, police informed the driver of Kelly's criminal record. They say they became suspicious of him after a traffic stop near the George Washington Bridge. The pair was in Velasco's truck, which was pulled over because of a missing front license plate and a voided toll payment. When officers conducted a background check, they found that Kelly was wanted for a May murder, as well as forgery and theft charges. Kelly was taken into custody and is awaiting extradition to Tennessee.

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