WESTBROOK — A man wanted in the stabbing death of a Westbrook man last year was arrested this morning in New York, according to the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Tareek Hendricks, 31, formerly of Worcester, Mass. was arrested in Syracuse, N.Y., by the U.S. Marshals Service. Hendricks is accused of murdering 40-year-old Robert Stubbs at the victim’s Central Street apartment on April 21, 2011.

Stubbs’ wife, Melissa, was also stabbed. Police said at the time that the three had spent a significant amount of time together before the stabbing and that they were looking into their possible drug involvement.

Two state police troopers are now on their way to New York to begin proceedings to return Hendricks to Maine. It wasn’t immediately clear when Hendricks would be back in the state.

The U.S. Marshals Service began doing surveillance after learning from their counterparts in Maine about three weeks ago that Hendricks might have been in the Syracuse area, according to Joe Ciciarelli, supervisor of the New York-New Jersey Fugitive Task Force.

Deputy marshals narrowed down Hendrick’s location to the north side of Syracuse through questioning of informants, Ciciarelli said.


Law enforcement officers found Hendricks at an apartment above a store and yanked open the door when he refused to come out. Officers found Hendricks alone and unarmed in a corner of a bedroom, Ciciarelli said.

Hendricks did not resist when arrested.

Hendricks was arraigned as a fugitive from justice this afternoon in Syracuse City Court, Ciciarelli said.  He is being held at the Onodaga County Justice Center in Syracuse.

This story will be updated.

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