Man Accused of Montco Murder Found In North Carolina

Officials say Chad Marshall Wilcox admitted to a plot to meet a man on Craigslist for a sexual encounter and rob him. Manuel Hakimian then turned up dead.


Montgomery County authorities announced Friday the arrest of Chad Marshall Wilcox — the man accused of killing 36-year-old Manuel Hakimian last month in Norristown. In a release, District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said Wilcox admitted to North Carolina authorities that he plotted to meet Hakimian on Craigslist for a sexual encounter with the intention of robbing him.

Hakiman was found dead on the evening of September 21st, his throat slashed.

After he committed the murder, authorities say, Wilcox stole Hakimian’s car and wallet. He was first spotted in Tennessee and Kentucky. An officer spotted Wilcox in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and a chase ensued. Wilcox, 28, crashed the stolen car and escaped on foot.

Wilcox was then found in North Carolina, where he turned himself in on a bench warrant for failing to appear at trial in Lycoming County. In that case, Wilcox is charged with the rape of a child. In North Carolina, authorities say Wilcox admitted to detectives his plan to offer sex to Hakimian and then rob him.

He was extradited to Lycoming County on the bench warrant, and will be arraigned Friday afternoon via video.