CAPE MAY — A Michigan man considered a “person of interest” in a triple homicide in Detroit was arrested here last week, authorities said Thursday.

Russell Charles Govett, 38, of St. Clair, Michigan, was arrested Saturday after the Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Unit informed Cape May police they believed he was staying with an acquaintance in the resort town, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office said.

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Police in Michigan want to talk to Govett about a triple homicide Feb. 4 on the city’s east side, Detroit police Sgt. Adam Madera said.

“He has not been charged with anything in regard to this homicide,” Madera said.

The three victims were shot to death, he said.

Madera did not identify the victims or discuss the specifics of the investigation, but the Detroit Free Press reported that three men were found dead in a home in the city.

“Something in the investigation led us to believe he might be headed in that direction,” said Madera, referring to why authorities thought Govett might be in Cape May.

Govett, considered a fugitive from justice, was spotted by Cape May Detective Sgt. Shawn Austin and arrested along with Dana Esbensen, 41, of Cape May, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

Authorities in Cape May found Govett with prescription drugs not prescribed to him, the Prosecutor’s Office said.

He was charged with being a fugitive from justice and an offense related to possessing the drugs.

Esbensen was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and released on summons, according to a news release.

Govett was taken to Cape May County jail on $1 million bail pending extradition to Michigan, the prosecutor’s office said.

Members of the U.S. Marshal’s Regional Task Force, Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Cape May City Police Department and Lower Township Police Department participated in the investigation and arrest, according to a news release.

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Joined the Press in June of 2016 as a nighttime breaking news reporter. I'm now a staff writer covering Cape May County. Born and raised in Philadelphia and a graduate of Temple University. Previously interned for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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