Nashville murder suspect was custodian on UT campus

Jyshon Forbes, a custodian on UT Campus, was arrested in connection to a Nashville murder. / Source: (Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Local officials with the Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force and the University of Tennessee Police Department helped capture a Nashville murder suspect, a release from the U.S. Marshals Service said.

The release said 25-year-old Jyshon Forbes was apprehended on August 21 at the University of Tennessee campus in relation to a robbery and homicide that occurred in Nashville on February 20, 2018.

On Thursday, University of Tennessee officials said in a release that Forbes was hired on campus as a custodial employee. He was employed from May 14 until the day he was arrested.

Officials said Forbes was vetted through a background check process and calls to references.

A spokesperson said he was captured around noon on campus.

Investigators said Shamar "Fifty" Lewis was shot and killed in an apartment complex in February 2018. Forbes and two others were indicted for the homicide on August 2, 2019.

According to the US Marshal's Office, the arrest took place on the fifth floor level of the Vol Hall parking garage inside a custodial office.

Forbes is not believed to have been in possession of any weapons at the time.

Forbes was transported to the Knox County Detention Facility for processing and extradition to Davidson County.

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