Colon Murder Suspect Almonte Being Extradited to Haverhill to Face Arraignment

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Eddy Almonte as seen in his Winchester, Va., booking photo. (Courtesy photograph)

Eddy Almonte, the Haverhill man accused of murdering 20-year-old Nike Colon, is in the process of being extradited back to Massachusetts following his arrest Tuesday in Virginia.

Carrie Kimball-Monahan, a spokeswoman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett, tells WHAV Almonte, 27, waived rendition and is expected in Haverhill District Court for arraignment on murder charges on Monday, June 4.

Almonte had been held without bail at Northwest Regional Adult Detention Center in Winchester, Va., the same city where he was arrested during an unrelated motor vehicle stop.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, Winchester police stopped a vehicle carrying Almonte and his brother, a resident of Virginia’s Frederick County, as passengers. Almonte was placed under arrest on a warrant for murder.

As WHAV outlined in a special report earlier this week, Almonte’s arrest ties together a series of events and retaliations seemingly kicked off by the May 2016 shooting at Haverhill’s Swasey Field.

Almonte was among three arrested and charged during June 2016 with what was suspected to be “gang-related retaliation” for the earlier Swasey shooting. WHAV has asked for court information detailing how Almonte ended up free to allegedly murder Colon. The answer was not available by news deadline.