A trip to the barber shop cut this Big Apple murder suspect’s freedom short.
Cops nabbed a man wanted in connection to a years-old slaying thanks to an Instagram post that practically led them to his doorstep — in California — and sent him back east this week to face justice, sources told The Post.
The NYPD had been looking for Lee Almonte since Dec. 3, 2017, when Jadel Garcia, 27 of Fort George was fatally shot six times in the back near the corner of Broadway and West 175th Street in Washington Heights, according to cops.
Police said at the time the gunplay was possibly the result of a love triangle — caused by an ongoing argument over the victim’s wife.
Investigators poured through leads online, and in May — hit pay dirt when they saw Almonte, 34, in a snap on the Instagram account for a Los Angeles barber, getting a trim.
Almonte was busted May 19 during a joint operation with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Fugitive Task Force while riding a bicycle in West Hollywood, NYPD sources said.
On Thursday, Almonte was extradited from Los Angeles to John F. Kennedy International Airport — taken to the 33rd Precinct stationhouse in Washington Heights for processing, the sources said.
Almonte was indicted for the slaying in 2018 — and this week charged with second-degree intentional murder and criminal possession of a loaded firearm, authorities said.
Almonte has been arrested previously for weapons charges and drug possession. A number of other arrests are sealed, authorities said.