UPDATE: Murder suspect arrested for allegedly killing the 'Ice Cream Man' in Colorado Springs

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - UPDATE: Christopher Freeman, Jr. was arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina for allegedly killing a Colorado Springs father known as "The Ice Cream Man" among the community.

Suspect in the murder of James Quilter. Photo from CSPD.

Local law enforcement in Charlotte, with the help of the Violent Offender Task Force in Colorado Springs, were able to locate and arrest the suspect on June 17th.

Freeman returned to Colorado Springs in custody on June 26th. He's being held at the El Paso county jail on a $500,000 bond.

Police were looking for the suspect for more than two weeks.



James Quilter Jr., a father of five and grandfather of four, was shot outside the Shannon Glen Apartments on the night of May 28. The following Monday, a crowd gathered with candles outside that same complex and held a vigil for the man known as "Mr. James the Ice Cream Man."

"He traveled the routes to the schools, the community, as far as Fountain all the way up past Stetson Hills," his wife told 11 News. "He even took it to Denver before and brought it back."

Police said immediately after the shooting that it may have stemmed from a disturbance.

Loved ones told 11 News Quilter's death left a huge hole in their neighborhood.

"He had a big impact, man. It's hard to know where to start," said his stepson Van Pena. "He was always cracking up a scheme to help out the community. He was always wanting to look out for somebody that maybe didn't have it. ... He was there. He was a good entry point, if you didn't have anywhere to go, you know you can go to him."

"He was a wonderful builder, a teacher, guider, problem solver, fixer. ... He took a lot of pride and joy in the friendliness, the welcomeness that everyone who saw him would see," wife Marjorie Quilter said.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family with funeral costs. Click here if you wish to donate.