Suspect featured on "America's Most Wanted" caught in Phoenix

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police say they've caught a murder suspect featured on "America's Most Wanted."

It started with burglary call at a home near Third Avenue and McDowell Road Sunday night. Officers caught the suspect trying to force his way into a back door. They later identified the man as Michael Chaves.

During their investigation, detectives discovered Chaves, 40, was wanted for a probation violation out of Dallas County,Texas. They also found he had recently been profiled on "America's Most Wanted" as the suspect in a brutal homicide in Branford, Conn.

Dale Anderson, a trucker who had been working freelance, was beaten to death and left in a trailer in back in April 2009. Investigators were able to determine that Chaves, also a trucker, was likely the last person to see Anderson alive.

According to Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department, Chaves talked about his involvement in the Branford homicide during an interview with Phoenix detectives.

Chaves has been booked into Fourth Avenue Jail on charges related to Sunday night's incident, as well as the outstanding Texas warrant. Police are working with the city of Branford on an extradition order.

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