Detroit fugitive awaiting extradition

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – Captain Rocky Johnson with the Huntington Police Department Violent Crime-Drug Task Force explained how they caught a Detroit man on the most wanted list. 

“You know, he wasn’t on the radar and then he pops up,” Johnson said. 

Michael C. Hopkins was on Detroit’s most wanted list but denies he’s done anything wrong. 

“I should’ve never been on it never should’ve been wanted in the first place,” Hopkins said. 

When Hopkins was asked what he thought would happen to him once he’s back in Detroit he said, “I’m going to die in prison.”

Johnson explains there is a future for all law-breakers and it’s not in Huntington. 

“This is not the place for you anymore. If you’re a drug dealer or your wanted or committing criminal acts in Huntington, this is not the place for you anymore,” Johnson said.  

How long Hopkins had been living in the city and why is still unclear. 

“We didn’t get into that with him. He wasn’t too talkative about that. My guess, my opinion, he’s just hiding, hiding out, knowing that he’s hot,” Johnson said. 

Hopkins may have eluded officers in Detroit, but Johnson says Huntington is not the place to be hiding. 

“Those of the type of people were looking for. We’re looking for a violent offenders, drug dealers, or obviously if you’re wanted,” Johnson said. “We’re going to pick you up and we’re going to send you back where you came from.” 

Hopkins is currently in the Western Regional Jail and is awaiting an extradition hearing. If the charges are deemed valid he will go back to Detroit. 

Just hours after 13 News spoke to Captain Johnson on Thursday, a warrant was executed at the apartment below where Hopkins lived. Johnson said they found approximately $20,000 in heroin along with a gun, a drum magazine and other gun parts. Johnson added there was no furniture in the apartment and it appeared no one lived there. 

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