Police: Suspect in Detroit senior complex slayings arrested

A registered sex offender charged in the fatal shootings of two people and an attempted rape inside a low-income senior complex in Detroit has been arrested in Virginia.

Detroit police said Monday that James Fleming, 69, surrendered to authorities in Richmond around midnight. No other information about the arrest has been released.

Fleming is accused in the Nov. 13 slayings of an unarmed security guard, 50-year-old Kenneth Hall, and 66-year-old resident Bernice Clark at the Phillip Sims Senior Housing complex.

Fleming is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct. Extradition proceedings are pending, according to the Wayne County prosecutor's office.

The shootings followed the attempted rape of a 30-year-old female acquaintance who had been using cocaine with Fleming in his apartment in an east side building, Police Chief James Craig said last week.

The woman escaped and pulled a fire alarm, summoning firefighters to the building. Firefighters left after finding no fire.

Police alleged that at some point Fleming left the building to possibly retrieve a gun from a parked vehicle. He tried to re-enter his apartment, but had locked himself out.

"After Mr. Hall opened his door for him, it is alleged that Fleming discharged his weapon at Mr. Hall, striking him," the prosecutor's office said Monday in a release. "It is further alleged that the defendant fired his weapon at other people as he exited the building fatally striking Ms. Clark."

Hall was found outside the building. Clark was found in a first-floor hallway. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. It was Hall's first day on the job.

As many as 10 shots may have been fired in the building, Craig said.

The woman who escaped Flemings' room reported the attempted rape to officers investigating the shootings.

Michigan's Public Sex Offender Registry lists Fleming being convicted in 1988 of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.