Murder suspect caught

Oct. 31, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

A man wanted in connection with the murder of a Broadway woman was arrested in Kentucky on Tuesday morning.

Warrants were issued Monday for Michael Terry Roop, 55, of Ashland, Ky., on charges of first-degree murder, felony larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny of a cellphone and two counts of possession of stolen property, according to Broadway Police Chief Todd Hinnant.

Roop was arrested without incident as he exited an apartment building in the 2300 block of Winchester Avenue, Ashland, according to Ashland Police Lt. Darren Wilson.

“We set up surveillance of where he might be and saw him leave the apartment complex,” Wilson said. “We saw him walking into an alley about a block away, and we arrested him there. There was no resistance.”

The son of Michelle Chevier, 46, of Peyton Place, Broadway, found her dead in her home on May 27, Hinnant said. Her vehicle, cell phone and Roop, her boyfriend, were missing.

“Her body was taken to the Medical Examiner’s (Office), and the autopsy came back that she had died from asphyxia,  strangulation,” he said.

There were no signs visible signs of injury, Hinnant said in May, but the police department issued an alert for her 1994 white Chevrolet Caviler and her boyfriend, Roop. The incident was originally a death investigation, Hinnant said Wednesday. 

Roop and Chevier met online, but Hinnant said he wasn’t sure how often they had met before May 27.

Chevier was survived by her son Jason, her daughter Sarah, three brothers, a sister and two grandchildren.

Roop appeared in Boyd County District Court on Wednesday and waived his extradition rights, according to a court employee. North Carolina police have until Nov. 6 to pick him up unless “good cause is shown.” Roop is being held at the Boyd County Jail with no bond.