A suspect who went on the lam following a 2009 murder that touched off a bloody gang war in Upper Manhattan has finally been arrested in North Carolina, The Post has learned.
Kendell Scott, 27, was busted by local authorities in Charlotte based on information developed by a federal fugitive task force late last year, law-enforcement sources said Friday.
He’s being held in the Mecklenburg County jail pending extradition to New York City, records show, and has a hearing scheduled on March 2 according to the Mecklenburg County Court clerk’s office.
Scott is wanted by the NYPD in the slaying of John Williams, 19, who was killed with a single gunshot to the back of his head near the Taft Houses in East Harlem on Oct. 25, 2009.
A second teen was shot in the leg but survived.
Scott, then 17, was a member of Air It Out street gang and Williams was a member of the rival True Money Gang, sources said.
The shooting “was just a beef between the two gangs,” one source said.
But it sparked a long-running war among Air It Out, True Money and a third gang, Whoadey, that involved more than 30 shootings and the killings of two more teens, Juan Otero of Air It Out and Aubrey Jackson of Whoadey.
The violence continued until April 2013, when the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office filed indictments against 63 reputed gang members on charges including murder conspiracy.
Authorities also revealed that many of the shootings had been plotted using Facebook and Twitter, along with text messages, cellphone videos and calls made from Rikers Island.
The hunt for Scott included efforts to find him in Texas, Canada and the Dominican Republic, and at one point he was suspected of working as a construction contractor for the US military in the Middle East, sources said.
Scott was sharing a home with two men, one older and one younger, when he was arrested on Tuesday, sources said.
He had been living there for at least several months, if not several years, and it’s unclear how he’s been supporting himself, sources said.
“He doesn’t move around much, so that’s part of the mystery about how he’s survived,” one source said.
The NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison praised the work of one of his detectives for helping crack the case in a tweet on Friday.
“In 2009, Kendall Scott was one of ‘NYC’S Most Wanted’ for killing 1 male and shooting another,” Harrison wrote.
“ Scott was on the run until NYPD’s Detective Menton in conjunction with FBI’s Safe Street Task Force located and arrested him in NC,” he added.
Scott refused to talk to authorities and demanded a lawyer when he was busted, sources said.
He was brought to court in Charlotte on Wednesday and his case was referred to the Mecklenberg County Public Defender’s Office, but a staffer there said he won’t be assigned a lawyer until next week.