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Suspect who jumped bail arrested by Maryland police

A man who jumped bail two years ago after Pasco authorities said they suspected him of hatching a scheme to kill his ex-girlfriend has been arrested in a suburb of Washington, D.C.

Anthony Scott Sablan, 27, was arrested July 9 on numerous drug and weapons charges by officers with the Anne Arundel County (Md.) Police Department after a six-month investigation. The Maryland officers then discovered Sablan had outstanding warrants from Pasco County.

Pasco sheriff's deputies arrested Sablan on June 25, 1999, five days after his ex-girlfriend, 20-year-old Melissa Kane, was shot in the head by another man in her Holiday home. Sablan, who was charged with accessory after the fact to attempted murder, posted $20,000 bail the next day and vanished, failing to appear for his arraignment.

Authorities say Sablan of Port Richey paid Shamel Thomas $5,000 to kill Kane. Sablan wanted Kane dead because he thought she had robbed him, Thomas once told the St. Petersburg Times.

Kane, who was shot between the eyes at point-blank range, was revived after a paramedic pronounced her dead. The bullet left Kane with a ruined right eye, severe memory loss, diminished hearing, a crooked smile and a severely scarred face.

Thomas, 22, was convicted last year of attempted second-degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Sablan told detectives that he took the .38-caliber handgun from Thomas after the shooting and threw it into a body of water. That got him arrested for being being an accessory after the fact, a charge that carried a bond Sablan could afford.

Though the Sheriff's Office named Sablan as the one who wanted Kane dead, prosecutors at the time did not think the evidence was strong enough to warrant stiffer charges.

Authorities have said they would consider filing more serious charges against Sablan if they ever located him. Prosecutors could not be reached for comment Friday.

Maryland authorities executed a search warrant on Sablan's house last week and found 3{ pounds of marijuana, 38 ecstasy pills, several bottles of chemicals used to make the drug GHB, a sawed-off rifle, a .38-caliber pistol, boxes of ammunition and $3,200 cash, according to a news release.

Details of Sablan's extradition status were unavailable Friday.