Suspect arrested in deacon’s murder at halfway house

A man who allegedly killed a Catholic deacon at a Long Island halfway house has been arrested in Tennessee, authorities said.

Andre Patton, 47, faces a second-degree murder charge in the November stabbing death of deacon Patrick Logsdon, 70, police said.

Patton was nabbed Friday in Memphis and extradited to Nassau County, where he is expected to be arraigned Saturday in First District Court in Hempstead.

The Diocese of Rockville Centre said it is “grateful to law enforcement agencies for helping to bring this tragedy to closure.”

Patton was living at the Anthony House in Roosevelt on Nov. 3 when he allegedly knifed Logsdon, who was found unresponsive in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds.

Logson, who had worked at the halfway house for more than 30 years, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The killer fled, said cops, who did not know what sparked the violent attack.

Logsdon dedicated his life to coaching the thousands of ex-cons who cycled through the home and elsewhere, his friends said.

The Anthony House is a transitional residence for homeless men, many of whom are recovering addicts or ex-prisoners. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic volunteer organization, runs the home and temporarily stopped accepting new residents after Logsdon was killed.

“We are doing this with the utmost respect for Deacon Pat and the ministry he devoted his life to. We want to ensure that his mission and good works will continue,” the group said in a statement.

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