PIKESVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — A 23-year-old man has been made in the murder of a 36-year-old assistant principal found dead in his Pikesville home late last month, the Baltimore County Police Department said Friday afternoon.

Zayeed Quinton Abdul Muhaimin was arrested Monday in San Diego, five days after a warrant was issued, police said. He will be extradited back to Maryland on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Shelton Stanley, a beloved educator who most recently served as an assistant principal at Dunbar High School in east Baltimore.

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Stanley was found dead inside his home in the 4800 block of Hawksbury Road on December 27 after his family members called for a welfare check.

Police believe the incident was not random. His death was ruled a homicide due to multiple gunshot wounds.

On Friday, police said Muhaimin may have seen staying with Stanley and fled the state after shooting him. A motive is still being investigated.

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“There was a lot of evidence that was left at the house that pointed in the direction of this suspect, so we were able to follow that trail of evidence and located this suspect who had already fled the state to California,” Baltimore County Police spokesperson Ofc. Jen Peach said.

Police were able to track Muhaimin’s cell phone which helped officers arrest him.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott addressed Stanley’s death during a Friday afternoon news conference about COVID-19 restrictions in the city.

Even though the crime happened outside the city, Scott said the whole city hurts.

“Well, we’re all hurting. We’re talking about a young man who dedicated himself to making sure that young women and men in Baltimore City could be the reach their fullest potential, and to have someone who has breathed life and hope and lit a fire into so many young people just have their life just taken out like that, it hurts,” he said.

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Students previously told WJZ Stanley was killed just hours before his 37th birthday.

Kelsey Kushner