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Sean Lannon busted in connection with 5 murders after manhunt

An “armed and dangerous” man wanted in connection with five murders in New Mexico and New Jersey was arrested Wednesday following a multi-state manhunt, authorities said.

Sean Michael Lannon, 47, was busted early Wednesday in St. Louis, Missouri, by US Marshals, the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Lannon, of Grants, New Mexico, was wanted for questioning over the death of a longtime acquaintance Monday in East Greenwich Township in New Jersey, NJ.com reported.

The dad of three was also identified as a person of interest in the deaths of his ex-wife, Jennifer Lannon, 39, Matthew Miller, 21, Jesten Mata, and Randal Apostalon, 60 — all of whom were found in a pickup truck at the Albuquerque International Sunport airport last week.

Some of the bodies were dismembered, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

A “foul odor” led Sunport security to discover the bodies of Jennifer, Miller, Mata and Apostalon in a truck in the airport parking garage, the Journal reported.

Grants police Lt. David Chavez said the decomposed bodies “were not whole,” adding that Miller, Mata and Jennifer Lannon knew one other.

Jennifer Lannon was Sean Lannon's ex-wife and one of his alleged victims
Jennifer Lannon was Sean Lannon’s ex-wife and one of his alleged victims
Grants Police Department

“We haven’t figured out how Randal (Apostalon) fits into this,” he said of the fourth victim, who was from Albuquerque.

Chavez said Daniel “Perro” Lemos, 45, also is wanted for questioning in the case.

Meanwhile, in New Jersey, Chief of Detectives Tom Gilbert of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office said the slaying on Monday, involving a victim in his 60s, was “not a random act,” and that Lannon and the victim knew each other.

Separately, Lannon has been charged with burglary and possession of a weapon after he allegedly forced his way into a building in Monroeville, New Jersey, with a knife on Monday, officials said.

He was last seen in Camden, New Jersey and was considered “armed and dangerous” as authorities hunted for him, Gilbert said.

Matthew Miller
Grants Police Department

The US Marshals Service had offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to Lannon’s arrest.

He and Jennifer, who share three young children, divorced in 2019, according to New Mexico court records. The judge ruled in favor of Sean, who sought custody of their children, NJ.com reported. The kids are reportedly safe.

Lannon cited his wife’s “long-standing difficulty” with drug use and “issues” with the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

A South Jersey relative of Jennifer declined to comment to NJ.com on Wednesday before news of Lannon’s arrest.

Jesten Mata
Jesten Mata
Grants Police Department

The slain woman had worked as a registered nurse in New Jersey, but her nursing license was suspended in 2018 after she was accused of “diverting” medications in several instances, according to NJ.com.

Her nursing license in New Mexico was revoked in 2020, the outlet reported.

Acting Gloucester County Prosecutor Christine Hoffman hailed the news of Lannon’s arrest.

“The rapid and successful apprehension of Lannon is the direct result of excellent collaboration between a wide array of local, county, state and federal partners,” she said in a statement.

Upgraded charges against Lannon in connection to the East Greenwich Township homicide are “forthcoming,” she added.

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