Man wanted in Fireman’s Social Club murder turns himself in



POUGHKEEPSIE – The man wanted in the shooting death of a Poughkeepsie
resident in front of the Fireman’s Exempt Social Club at 200 Mansion
Street in Poughkeepsie turned himself in to city police on Thursday.

Noel McClinton, 35, of Poughkeepsie, was shot several times at 3 a.m.
on January 27.

Investigation into the shooting resulted in a Dutchess County grand jury
indicted Robert Whitaker, 38, of North Carolina on a murder charge. He
had fled Poughkeepsie shortly after the murder and was believed somewhere
in or near Northampton County, North Carolina.

Several unsuccessful attempts were made to arrest him in North Carolina.
On Thursday, October 18, Whitaker turned himself in at Poughkeepsie Police
headquarters accompanied by his attorney.

He was arraigned and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail without bail.

Poughkeepsie Police were assisted in the investigation by the Dutchess
County District Attorney’s Office, FBI’s Hudson Valley Safe
Streets Task Force, State Police, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office,
US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force and several North Carolina law
enforcement agencies.