Philadelphia man arrested in connection with Cambridge homicide

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CAMBRIDGE — Taylor Ruffin Herrington, a.k.a. “Tee,” 34, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was arrested today in Philadelphia by the FBI on an outstanding arrest warrant issued last week in the District of Vermont.

Herrington made his initial appearance today in the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.

He was detained pending his transfer to Vermont.

According to court documents, on March 3, at or about 2:50 a.m., Michael Haines and Amy Pudvah contacted the Vermont State Police, reporting that an individual known by the nickname “Tee” was attempting to enter their residence in Cambridge.

According to the callers, Tee was with a person named “Sam Simms,” in Simms’ truck.

Tee left in the truck but then returned to the residence a short time later and asked Haines for his duffle bag.

Haines threw the bag over the back deck.

A short time later, while Haines was on the phone with a Vermont State Police trooper, Haines told the trooper he had been shot.

Pudvah was in the residence with Haines and after Haines was shot ran upstairs to her two juvenile children who were also in the residence.

Police say “Tee” was later identified as Taylor Ruffin Herrington.

Investigation in the case further revealed that Pudvah had picked up Herrington in Burlington on March 2 at Haines’s request.

Herrington got in the car and put a duffle bag in the trunk.

Pudvah brought Herrington back to the Cambridge residence where Haines and Herrington hung out together.

Haines and Herrington eventually left Cambridge and went back to Burlington.

Haines then suddenly left Burlington, without Herrington, and returned home.

Around this same time, investigators say Haines went to a friend’s house, again without Herrington, and showed the friend a large amount of heroin in a ziplock baggie.

After Haines was killed, investigators searched Haines’s residence and found a large amount of heroin in a ziplock bag hidden inside the residence.

On March 12, the grand jury sitting in Burlington returned an indictment charging Herrington with carrying and using a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, and conspiracy to distribute heroin.

If convicted of the firearm charge, Herrington faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

For the drug charge, Herrington faces a maximum sentence of 20 years.