Man wanted for murder in Oklahoma busted in Portland prostitution sting

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2/22/2018 - Portland, OR -- A man wanted for murder in Oklahoma was arrested in Portland during an Internet prostitution sting last week.

According to court records, Alonzo John Kelly III, 36, has been on the run ever since he allegedly murdered his girlfriend, two years ago in Tulsa County.

Investigators allege that Kelly murdered 45-year-old Charlotte Thomas in March of 2016 during a heated domestic dispute.

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Charlotte Thomas

According to police records, Tulsa deputies responded to a shooting call on March 19, 2016 in the 3700 block of 3720 West 57th Street.

When law enforcement arrived, Kelly had already fled the scene in his maroon, four-door, 1992 Chevrolet Caprice.

On March 22, 2016 Kelly was formally charged with first degree murder in Tulsa County.

On April 7, 2016 the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office distributed wanted posters seeking information on the whereabouts of Kelly and offering a $1,000 reward.

Kelly remained on the run until February 15, 2018.

Portland police report that Kelly responded to an online ad for prostitution posted to Backpage.com. The ad was maintained by undercover police officers conducting a routine prostitution sting.

Kelly was taken into custody at a Southeast Portland hotel, where he was arrested for patronizing a prostitute.

Portland police say Kelly was using a fake ID, but his true identity was soon realized when he was fingerprinted and booked into jail.

Kelly is being held without bond while he awaits extradition back to Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections records show that Kelly has a long criminal resume in Oklahoma County as well. In 2004 Kelly was convicted of Five counts of a felon in possession of a firearm, and eluding police. Kelly was ordered to serve 7 years in prison. Kelly was released in Sept. of 2011.

Kelly was again sent to prison in 2006 after he was convicted in Oklahoma County for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. In that case he was sentenced to 20-years but was paroled in December of 2013, after only serving about six-years.

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