Tuesday, July 16, 2024

The apartment building on Chester Street in North Cambridge where police say John Hallett lived. (Image: Google)

A joint fugitive investigation led to the arrest early Thursday of a Cambridge man suspected of murdering and dismembering his roommate in Indiana in 2017.

John Hallett, 54, was taken into custody at his apartment at 15 Chester St., North Cambridge, by Cambridge police, Massachusetts State Police violent fugitive apprehension section troopers and officers from a U.S. Marshals fugitive task force.

In August 2022, police in Michigan City, Indiana, developed information suggesting that Hallett had murdered his roommate in 2017 by striking him with a blunt object and choking him. Hallett then disemboweled his roommate’s body and disposed of remains in various public trash cans, police said.

Over the course of an investigation by Michigan City police, a cadaver dog was sent inside the home Hallett shared with the roommate and was alerted to the scent of human remains in the basement, police said. Evidence collected by police and sent to a forensics program at Purdue University confirmed the presence of decomposing matter, which is when police got an arrest warrant charging Hallett with murder – but Michigan City police and U.S. marshals in Indiana came to believe Hallett was living in Cambridge by that time.

A Cambridge police detective learned on Thursday that Hallett was on Chester Street, and officers from various departments went to the apartment building, found Hallett and took him into custody. Hallett was taken to the Cambridge police station, where he was booked as a fugitive from justice, Massachusetts State Police said. Prosecutors will arrange for his rendition to Indiana to answer to the murder charge.