A Massachusetts man was taken into custody tonight and charged in connection with the death of an elderly Farmington woman last June.

Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said 27-year-old Juan A. Contreras of 92 Chester Lane, Waltham, Mass., was arrested in his hometown by Waltham and Massachusetts state police around 6:45 p.m.

Contreras was being held as a fugitive from justice. He will face murder charges once he has been extradited to Maine.

Police allege that Contreras broke into an elderly housing complex in the middle of the night on June 21 and stabbed 81-year-old Grace Burton to death.

McCausland said police believe Contreras was living in Farmington at the time of Burton’s death.

The arrest comes after DNA analysis was completed this week at the state police crime lab in Augusta.

The crime shocked the Farmington community and left Burton’s family pleading with the public for help in locating her killer.

In September, Burton’s family announced they had raised more than $14,000 as a reward for information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of Burton’s killer.

“There will be no closure until the guy is caught, and we won’t hve to be wondering anymore who it was. We need to see this guy brought in and to see justice served for our mother,” Robert Butterfield, the oldest son of Grace Burton, told the Morning Sentinel in September.