U.S. Marshals Service Report January 21 – February 17, 2011

The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) is the nation’s oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency. Federal Marshals have served the country since 1789, often times in unseen but critical ways. To this day, the Marshals occupy a uniquely central position in the federal justice system. The USMS is the enforcement arm of the federal courts, and as such, it is involved in virtually every federal law enforcement initiative. Presidentially appointed U.S. Marshals direct the activities of 94 districts — one for each federal judicial district. More than 3,200 Deputy Marshals and Criminal Investigators form the backbone of the agency.

February 17, 2011U.S. Marshals and Derby Police Department found a way to catch Patrick Stewart in MissouriUS_Marshals_Enforcement_Tools before he could strike again. Stewart was wanted by the Derby Police Department for a violent sexual attack and kidnapping which occurred earlier this month. Stewart allegedly beat, tied up and sexually assaulted two women after a super-bowl party.


February 17, 2011Wanted fugitive Derek Woods was arrested Monday morning, February 14th, on Cleveland’s east side. Instead of a dozen roses for Valentine’s Day, fugitive Derek Woods received a dozen federal agents knocking at his door earlier that morning. Woods, who was at the top of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force’s Dangerous Dozen wanted list, was finally apprehended after alluding police for the past four years.


February 17, 2011Andre Colvin was wanted by the Akron Police Department in the October 2007 shooting death of Anthony Jackson. The Akron Police Department, through the course of their investigation, identified Colvin as a suspect for the homicide, and charged him with murder. In November of 2007, the Akron Police Department referred the case to the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) for assistance with locating and apprehending Colvin.


February 16, 2011The U.S. Marshals Service in New Mexico adds two sexual offenders to the Marshals Service, New Mexico Most Wanted List. The Marshals Service have set its sights on the two fugitives and will work with its law enforcement partners, local, county, state and federal to locate and apprehend these fugitives. Jeffrey Merculief is wanted in the state of New Mexico for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements. Aaron Garcia-Treviso is wanted out of Farmington, New Mexico for Sexual Assault.


February 16, 2011Cathy Jones, United States Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio, today announced the arrest of Michael Y. Miller by the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) in Columbus, Ohio. Miller is charged with murder in Columbus, Georgia. The charges stem from the April 12, 1999 murder of Shawnita Campbell whose body was found with a gunshot wound to the head on a dirt road in Columbus, Georgia.


February 16, 2011U.S. Marshals announce the capture of Jonique Diguel Merriweather, who was wanted in connection with a homicide that occurred earlier in the week. According to investigators with the Jackson Police Department the victim, Michael Bates, was killed on Sunday when he sustained a single gunshot wound while driving his car on a local Jackson street. An Arrest Warrant was issued on February 14, 2011 charging Merriweather with First Degree Murder in connection with the shooting.


February 16, 2011Randy P. Ely, United States Marshal for the Northern District of Texas, announced today that the United States Marshals sponsored multi-agency fugitive task force, known as the Dallas Fort-Worth Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (DFW FAST), surpassed its 10,000th arrest. The strike team, which focuses on arresting violent offenders, officially began operations January 1st of 2004.


February 15, 2011The United States Marshals Service in Albuquerque, New Mexico auctioned off over 20 seized vehicles. The vehicles were seized by local and federal agencies and the proceeds will help support law enforcement activities in the Albuquerque area. Over 200 private citizens registered for the auction and a total of $114,825.00 was raised.


February 14, 2011U.S. Marshals led Operation Intercept Fugitive Task Force, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and Mullins Police Department officers arrested Barbara Edwards AKA: Barbara Longwell and Leonard Hamrick in Mullins, SC.  Edwards and Hamrick are wanted on Fugitive Warrants from the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Office in Summersville, WV for Child Concealment Charges stemming from a missing child case on December 21st, 2009.


February 11, 2011Members of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force – Richland County Division arrested Anthony Primm at a motel in Wooster, Ohio. Primm was wanted by the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office on a bench warrant for violating the terms of his bond after he did not show up for sentencing on January 07, 2011 in Ashland County Common Pleas Court. Primm had previously pled guilty to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs, a felony of the third degree.


February 11, 2011 – Cuba Police arrested one of New Mexico’s Most Wanted Sex Offenders Delvin Yazzie. Yazzie was convicted on November 16, 1996, for Rape in the 1st Degree after he went to a gas station in Oregon and forced the female clerk into the back bathroom and raped her. Yazzie was sentenced and served a total of 100 months before moving to New Mexico.


February 11, 2011 – Convicted sex offender George Shoogukuwrkk, was arrested by New Mexico State Police, in Gallup, NM based on information provided by the United States Marshal Service South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) Task Force.


February 11, 2011 – Gerald Johnson was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshal Service, South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) task force.  Johnson was arrested on charges of Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor (1st degree), Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor (2nd degree), Kidnapping and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.  Johnson was arrested in downtown Albuquerque at 8:45am this morning when Deputy Marshals after extensive surveillance of the suspect was seen entering a vehicle driven by his girlfriend.  A short time later the vehicle was stopped and Gerald Johnson was taken into custody.  The charges have a $200,000 cash or surety bond attached to them.


February 10, 2011The United States Marshals Service (USMS) led Fugitive Task Force arrested Anthony Gililland this afternoon at the Baymont Inn and Suites located in Reno, Nevada. Gilillland is wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant from Yuba County, CA. He was the last subject wanted in connection of a January home invasion armed robbery.


February 10, 2011Acting U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today that U.S. Marshals in Williamsport have successfully brought closure to the oldest escape case in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Mitlean Wright, a fugitive who was on the run for almost four decades, had been sought for escaping from the State Correctional Institution at Muncy on the evening of August 12, 1972.


February 10, 2011The U.S. Marshals Service will be auctioning off 23 vehicles, all of which were ill-gotten gains from illegal activities, on Tuesday February 15, 2011 at 10 a.m. in Albuquerque. The total value of the vehicles to be sold is $149,607.00. Detailed photos of the vehicles are available at www.appletowing.com.


February 09, 2011Senior United States District Judge John E. Conway sentenced Albuquerque resident Gilbert J. Turrieta, 45, to a 100-month term of imprisonment to be followed by three-years supervised release based on his conviction for assaulting a Deputy United States Marshal.


February 09, 2011United States Marshal Cathy J. Jones announces the 100th homicide arrest since the inception of the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) in May of 2006.  SOFAST arrested 33 year-old Anton Denson of Cincinnati, Ohio. Denson is accused in the shooting death of Devon Heard during a home invasion robbery on December 14 of 2010.


February 08, 2011United States Marshal Cathy J. Jones announces the arrest of Michael Hesson.  In the evening hours of February 08, 2011, the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) arrested 25 year-old Michael Hesson in Hamilton, Ohio.  Hesson is accused of stomping the head of John Johnson, an elderly homeless man, in early January of 2010.  Hesson has been evading authorities ever since the assault.


February 08, 2011 – Early this morning, Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania captured Harry Hayman, 42, at a residence in Philadelphia.  Hayman was wanted by the Glendale Police Department for numerous charges including three (3) counts of Sexual Abuse, Six (6) counts of Indecent Exposure, three (3) counts of Public Sexual Indecency, and eight (8) counts of Assault. 


February 07, 2011 – 15 Most Wanted Addition – The U.S. Marshals have added a 25-year-old gang member wanted on a number of violent criminal charges to their 15 Most Wanted fugitive list. In August 2007, a fistfight broke out between rival gangs “Squad Up” and “Wood” in front of a bar on the Las Vegas Strip. A Squad Up gang member, identified as Robert Jackson, allegedly fired five rounds from a 9 mm handgun at Wood gang members. The gunfire missed the rival gang members and instead struck four innocent tourists.


February 04, 2011 – 15 Most Wanted Addition – The U.S. Marshals have added California fugitive Sean Michael Sullivan to their 15 Most Wanted fugitive list. During an altercation in November 2010 over an outstanding debt, Sullivan allegedly brandished a firearm and shot two individuals multiple times, fatally wounding one man and paralyzing the other from the waist down.


February 04, 2011 – The University of New Mexico has been participating in the internship program with the Marshals Service in Albuquerque for over 6 years and more than 20 students. Starting in the fall semester of 2011 the Las Cruces office of the United States Marshals Service will provide internship opportunities for students at the New Mexico State University. The internship program provides students interested in federal law enforcement an opportunity to obtain educational work experience and an understanding of the role of the U.S. Marshals Service in the justice system. Program areas include: Investigative & Fugitive Operations, Court Security, Judicial Security, Prisoner Operations, Administrative Services, and Agency Management.


February 03, 201115 Most Wanted Capture – Paul Merle Eischeid, one of the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted Fugitives, was captured today in Buenos Aires by Argentinean authorities. Investigations by the U.S. Marshals Service and Diplomatic Security Service in Argentina developed specific information with regard to his possible location, at which time authorities contacted Interpol and local Argentinean authorities in an effort to locate and arrest Eischeid. Eischeid was sought in connection with the brutal murder of a Phoenix area woman.


February 02, 2011Super Bowl brings together the best teams in football, and the United States Marshals Service (USMS) and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has brought its best K-9 teams to North Texas. Deputy United States Marshal Todd Kozuszko and K-9 Hope, one of 25 K9 teams, are there to provide security for Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6.


February 02, 2011 – After 22 years on the run, Adam Zachs was apprehended by Mexican authorities Tuesday in Leon Guanajuato, Mexico. The arrest is the culmination of an exhaustive investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service, West Hartford Police Department and the FBI.  “The U.S. Marshals has a long, successful history of bringing fugitives to justice. The arrest of Adam Zachs is a testament to our continued dedication to our fugitive mission,” said U.S. Marshal Joseph P. Faughnan. “In 1896, Judge Isaac Parker said it best, ‘permit no innocent man to be punished, but let no guilty man escape.’”


February 02, 2011Works of art once belonging to convicted fraudster Marc Dreier will be sold online by Gaston & Sheehan Auctioneers in a U.S. Marshals Service Web auction Feb. 8-22. Online bidding will take place on the Web at www.txauction.com.


February 01, 2011The United States Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force announced the arrest today of Gary John Butler, 27, of Riviera Beach, Florida for the offense of 1st Degree Murder with a Firearm. Butler was currently being sought by the Riviera Beach Police Department after law enforcement officers developed probable cause that Butler shot and killed a female during an altercation at a house party last month.


January 31, 2011On Friday, January 28th, the Midland Crime Stoppers hosted its annual award luncheon at the Petroleum Club for local law enforcement officers who have made significant contributions toward the safety of the community. Officers receiving awards this year represent the Midland Police Department, Midland Sheriff’s Office, Midland Fire Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the U.S. Marshals Service.


January 27, 2011Deputy U.S. Marshals assigned to the “Cold Case Squad” in Miami have tracked down another Federal fugitive who has been on the run for the past 31 years. 62-year old Mark Steven Phillips was arrested today at an apartment complex in West Palm Beach after Deputy Marshals developed information he had recently rented an apartment in a 55 and older senior living community.


January 27, 2011Cathy J. Jones, U. S. Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio, announced today that John Fitzgerald Cannada has been arrested in Lexington, KY. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Cannada, charging him with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender on 03/15/2007, stemming from a 1997 conviction for Gross Sexual Imposition of a Minor.


January 25, 2011The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force from Pensacola arrested a Niceville man in the early morning hours today after he escaped from authorities Monday evening. Bryant Gafford, 19, was in custody at about 5:30 p.m. last night at the Niceville Police Department after being arrested for Trafficking in Oxycodone and Possession of a Controlled Substance.


January 25, 2011Members of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force – Toledo Division arrested Jon Jefferson, age 34, at a family member’s home in Toledo, Ohio. Jefferson was wanted by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office on indictment for trafficking in drugs, by the Ohio State Highway Patrol for flight to avoid prosecution, and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office for dangerous drugs.


January 25, 2011Cathy Jones, United States Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio, announced today information about the success of the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) in making the streets of southern Ohio safer for everyone. From January 3rd through January 21st of this year, the SOFAST units in all three core cities have arrested a multitude of violent offenders who have been preying on the public.


January 21, 2011 – Law enforcement agencies in Otero County, Lincoln County and on the Mescalero Indian Reservation concluded a large scale warrant round up today.  The weeklong roundup resulted in 93 arrests and cleared 127 local, state and federal warrants.  “This collaborative law enforcement effort is another example of success when law enforcement joins forces to make all of our New Mexico communities a safer place,” said U.S. Marshal for the District of New Mexico Conrad Candelaria.