Boston Police report a Vermont crack dealer with a violent past in Roxbury will be arraigned today on charges he fatally shot Arthur Rashaad Miles on Washington Street in Egleston Square on Sept. 8.
Following the afternoon murder, in which the suspect ran up School Street before disappearing, Boston Police tracked Saquon Moore, 32, to Prince George's County in Maryland. The county sheriff's department there arrested him on Nov. 17 as a fugitive from justice for Miles's murder. BPD says Moore was returned to Boston Sunday for arraignment in West Roxbury District Court.
Moore has a criminal record that dates to 2003, when he was a 14-year-old Roxbury resident who fired several bullets into another teen his pal had just shot on Charlame Street in Roxbury, leaving the teen a quadriplegic. Tried as an adult because of the heinousness of the crime, Moore and his friend were convicted two years later and sentenced to 14 years in state prison.
Their victim, a Worcester 15-year-old who had come to Roxbury for a family picnic, was helping his relatives clean up when two teens rode up to him on bikes and demanded to know if he was from "Geneva [Avenue]" and after he said no, Moore's accomplice shot him. Then, as the boy lay there, Moore shot him several more times.
Only ten weeks after his release, Moore and several other people started selling fentanyl and crack in Burlington, VT and surrounding towns - drugs that Moore would buy and drive up from Massachusetts, according to records in federal court in Burlington, VT.
Burlington Police began investigating the ring in 2016, he was arrested in 2017 and he pleaded guilty in 2018 to a federal charge of possession of crack and fentanyl with intent to distribute.
A judge sentenced him to 63 months in federal prison. Part of his sentence included participation in a 500-hour residential drug treatment program due to what the judge said was his "persistent problem with substance abuse and criminal thinking." Because of that, in December, 2019, he was transferred from a federal prison in Fort Dix, NJ to a halfway house in Manchester, NH, run by the Boston-based Community Resources for Justice.
In May, 2020, Moore applied for compassionate early release due to Covid-19, roughly five months before he was scheduled to be released from federal custody.
Federal prosecutors argued against any early release, saying he had no underlying conditions that would put him at any greater risk from Covid-19 than anyone else and that he was still a danger to the community. In a legal memorandum, prosecutors noted that his federal sentence was for crimes he started committing not long after his release from prison for the Roxbury shooting.
But on June 30, US District Court Judge Christina Reese converted his sentence to time served and he walked free several months early.
On Oct. 18 of this year, a little more than a month after Miles was gunned down on Washington Street in Egleston Square, a judge in Burlington, VT formally transferred Moore's probation case from Burlington to federal court in New Hampshire because he had found a place to live in Hooksett. He had been scheduled to be under the supervision of federal probation officials until June 28, 2024.