VIDEO: Suspect arrested in deadly home invasion

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DRAPER, Utah (News4Utah) Surveillance video shows the dramatic arrest of a wanted man allegedly involved in a deadly home invasion in Louisiana. 

Video obtained by News4Utah shows Aaron Kern at G&R Diesel Monday as the US Marshal Violent Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (VFAST) moved in. 

Twenty-year-old Kern is seen waiting for his car to be serviced with an unnamed girlfriend. 

Three plain-clothed VFAST team members casually moved in for the arrest at 97 East 12675 South in Draper. Kern is shown trying to run but was brought down before he could escape. 

“He’s got a pretty violent criminal history,” VFAST Supervisor Derryl Spencer said. 

Spencer believed Kern was getting his car tuned up so he could leave the state. 

He’s been a fugitive for five months after a deadly home invasion in Lake Charles, Louisiana. 

City of Lake Charles Police there tell News4 Utah that Kern was with 21-year-old Freddie Vezia when they broke into a home January 25, 2018. 

During the break in, 23-year-old Isaiah Williams, Freddy Vezia and Aaron kern kicked in the door. Williams opened the door to the homeowner’s bedroom where he was shot and killed in the doorway.

Vezia was charged with 2nd Degree Murder. Kern was charged with criminal conspiracy and aggravated burglary before he ran from police. 

“This is a really important case for Lake Charles. They’ve been looking for this guy for a while. They were excited to learn he was somewhere in the Draper area,” Spencer said.

Spencer says Kern hid in Utah with his girlfriend and her parents. Kern allegedly had a gun in his possession during the arrest. It is believed to be the weapon used during the home invasion.

“You commit a crime in Louisiana, you’ll commit a crime in Utah. It was in every body’s best interest to get him out,” Spencer said. 

Kern is being held on a fugitive warrant in the Salt Lake County Jail. Bail is set at $100,000. 

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