Former Georgia Tech standout and NBA player Javaris Crittenton was apprehended Monday in Los Angeles on a warrant for a murder committed in Atlanta on August 19.
Crittenton, 23, was taken into custody at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, as a fugitive from justice, and was awaiting extradition back to Atlanta to face charges. He was wanted on a federal arrest warrant after the FBI learned that he traveled on a one-way ticket to Los Angeles, where he was known to have family and friends, several days after the shooting.
Crittenton is wanted in Atlanta for the shooting of 23-year-old Julian Jones, a mother of four who was hit by bullets intended for someone she knew, Atlanta police Maj. Keith Meadows said. The timetable for Crittenton’s return depends on whether he waives extradition.
Jones was walking with a group that included a teen male Crittenton believed had robbed him of a diamond watch, diamond necklace and an iPhone, valued at more than $55,000, in April. Witnesses told police the shots were fired near Jones’ Macon Drive home in southwest Atlanta from a black Chevrolet Tahoe linked to the former prep standout.
Crittendon was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2007 out of Georgia Tech,. In one season with the Yellow Jackets, Crittenton averaged 14.4 points and 5.8 assists per game. Over his pro career, Crittenton has posted 5.3 PPG, 2.4 RPG,and 1.8 APG.
Crittenton, who has a home in Fayetteville, was traded by the Los Angeles Lakers during his rookie season to the Memphis Grizzlies, who later shipped him to Washington. While with the Wizards, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard was involved in a locker room showdown with teammate Gilbert Arenas in which the two pulled guns on each other. He pled guilty at the time and was suspended for the remainder of the season.
He last played in the NBA’s Developmental League in Bismarck, North Dakota.