FORT WORTH, Texas — A traffic stop in north Texas on Thursday night led to the arrest of a man wanted in connection with an August 2019 murder in Fort Worth, the Lake Worth Police Department announced.

Lake Worth Police Department officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the 6900 block of Jim Wright Freeway on Thursday night.

The driver, according to police, initially gave a false name but, was ultimately identified as 27-year-old Alfred Marquise Melton.

"A warrant check revealed that Melton was wanted by the Fort Worth Police Department for his involvement in the murder of Ja’Waylon D. Gay on August 5th," stated the Lake Worth Police Department.

Melton was subsequently arrested and booked into the Tarrant County Jail where he is being held on a $250,000 bond.

"Proud of our LWPD team for their vigilance and commitment to keeping our community safe," read a statement from the department. "We also send our thoughts and prayers to Ja’Waylon’s family and hope this arrest marks the beginning of justice for them."

Mathew Richards currently serves as Publisher and Breaking News Editor for after formerly serving as Owner/Publisher of one of DFWs largest online news publications for nearly a decade. His journalism career began and continues to be in Texas in multiple media markets where he's covered breaking, crime, investigative and government corruption, real estate, business, and local hometown news.