Fugitive Joan Little, acquitted two years ago in the icepick slaying of a white North Carolina prison guard who she said tried to rape her, was recaptured yesterday after refusing a friend's plea to give herself up.
Little, who became a feminist symbol during her celebrated 1975 murder trial, was arrested with a companion at 2 a.m. after leading police officers on a high-speed auto chase through Brooklyn.
Little was ordered held without bail pending an extradition hearing in 30 days.
Police said Little's companion, George McRae, 29, of Brooklyn earlier had threatened a man with a gun at Kennedy airport.
Police said that man, identified through sources as Vernall Muhammad, claimed to be Little's fiance and said he had come to New York to plead with her to return to North Carolina, where she escaped from jail Oct. 15.
When she refused, police said, Muhammad provided police with the license plate of the car she and McRae were driving.
Muhammad said he flew into New York Tuesday night and was met at Kennedy airport by Little and McRae.
He said that when he pleaded with Little to give herself up, McRae reached for a gun in his belt. Muhammad ran from him and telephoned police.
Little escaped from a North Carolina prison in Raleigh where she was serving 7-to-10 years for breaking and entering and larceny.