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 3,950 Deputy Marshals and Criminal Investigators form the backbone of the agency. Among their many duties, they apprehend more than half of all federal fugitives, protect the federal judiciary, operate the Witness Security Program, transport federal prisoners, conduct body searches, enforce court orders and Attorney General orders involving civil disturbances and acts of terrorism, execute civil and criminal processes, and seize property acquired by criminals through illegal activities.
Latest News Releases of U.S. Marshals Law Enforcement Activities October 27, 2011
October 26, 2011 – The United States Marshal Service District of New Mexico added Daniel Luis Jojola to their list of Most Wanted Gang Offenders. Jojola is a known gang member who frequents the areas of Roswell and Hobbs, NM. Jojola is associated with the “Eastside Chihuahuita” gang, and has an extensive criminal history including, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and four burglary convictions.
October 26, 2011 – The U.S. Marshals Service will be auctioning 18 vehicles which were seized due to illegal activities. The auction will begin promptly at 10:00 am Friday October 28, 2011 in Albuquerque. The total value of the vehicles to be sold is $122,986.00. Detailed photos of the vehicles are available at www.appletowing.com.
October 25, 2011 – U.S. Marshal Albert Najera of the Eastern District of California announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service arrested 18 year old Deshaun Christopher Buford in Sacramento; Buford was wanted for attempted homicide in West Sacramento, CA.
October 25, 2011 – U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Karrieam Jenkins in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Jenkins was being sought on an arrest warrant, dated July 1, 2011 and signed by Magisterial District Judge Allen P. Page III in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. In late June 2011, the Williamsport Bureau of Police conducted an investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a minor in Williamsport in early April 2011.
October 25, 2011 – U.S. Marshal Albert Najera of the Eastern District of California announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service arrested 20 year old Dustin Michael Wingard in Manteca, California. Wingard was wanted for homicide in Manteca.
October 21, 2011 – On Thursday, October 20, 2011 the U.S. Marshals Service’s Adam Walsh Fugitive Task Force located and apprehended 20 year-old Hans Poouahi, Jr. at a Hanalei Street home in Waianae, Hawaii. Poouahi Jr. was wanted for a $20,000 cash-only state warrant issued on September 6, 2011 by Judge Steven S. Alm for failing to comply with the terms and condition of HOPE (Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement) Probation with the underlying charge of Escape in the Second Degree.
October 21, 2011 – Peter J. Elliott, United States Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio, is announcing the arrests of three individuals who are suspected of impersonating federal law enforcement officers. On July 27, 2011 witnesses observed several subjects in downtown Youngstown wearing clothing and badges that identified them as “Special Police Constables” for the United States Government. The U.S. Marshals Service was contacted and an investigation was initiated.
October 20, 2011 – The United States Marshal Service in New Mexico added Javier Mendez to their list of Most Wanted Sexual Offenders. It’s alleged that Mendez, a naturalized U.S. citizen, forced a 14 year old girl to have sexual intercourse with him approximately 2-3 times a week for almost a year beginning in July of 2010.
October 19, 2011 – The Hondo Police Department and the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (LSFTF), arrested Leonardo Rivas, a suspect in the fatal shooting of Felix Flores and the wounding of another in San Antonio this morning without incident. His brother, Michael Anthony Rivas, is currently sought by the Task Force as his current whereabouts are unknown.
October 19, 2011 – The United States Marshals Service led Fugitive Task Force (USMS) announces the arrest of Nicolas J .Whitlock. Whitlock is wanted in Galveston, Texas on two outstanding arrest warrants, alleging indecency with a minor by exposure, issued on October 10, 2011. Whitlock, 27, was arrested this morning and booked into the Washoe County Jail awaiting extradition to Texas.
October 17, 2011 – A man wanted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for numerous felony offenses was captured by the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF), the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department and the Tybee Island Police Department at a hotel on Tybee Island, Georgia. Christopher Ghrist was wanted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for several felony drug and firearm charges.
October 17, 2011 – Wanted fugitive John Pritchard was found and arrested in New Mexico in connection to the murder of his estranged girlfriend Robin Bailey, in Akron, Ohio. At approximately 11 p.m. on Friday October 14, 2011, John Pritchard was arrested in Taos, New Mexico.
October 14, 2011 – Acting U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) arrested Julio Mena Matos in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. On June 8, 2010, a federal grand jury in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Scranton Division, indicted Mena Matos for his role in a cocaine trafficking ring operating in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
October 14, 2011 – Almost 18 months after being charged in U.S. District Court in Scranton, U.S. Marshals have located and arrested Amy Sims. Acting United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced her arrest today in Olyphant, Pennsylvania. On April 20, 2010, a federal arrest warrant was issued, charging Sims with Violation of Supervised Release. At the time, she was on supervision from two separate convictions in the Middle District of Pennsylvania (M/PA).
October 14, 2011 – The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (FRFTF) from Pensacola apprehended a man who according to police reports said he would kill his wife, her family and law enforcement should they try to stop him. According to a report taken by the Sheriff’s Office in Santa Rosa taken earlier this week James Walter Robinson told his wife, “…tell them cops to come on, I have lots of guns and if they come over here someone is going to die.”
October 14, 2011 – Deputy U.S. Marshals arrested Richard Otero in Albuquerque around 5:00pm Friday October 14, 2011. Otero is wanted for allegedly being the shooter in a drive-by in Roswell, NM on October 5th, 2011. Otero is charged with; Shooting from a motor vehicle, Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, and Endangering a child.
October 14, 2011 – On October 8, 2011 Charlie Tapia was arrested by the Albuquerque Police Department after his attempt at a home invasion robbery went wrong. Tapia, one of the U.S. Marshals Service’s New Mexico Most Wanted, was wanted for Forced Entry Burglary after Tapia and an accomplice forced entry into a Las Vegas, NM home, kidnapped the residents and stole items from the home including a car.
October 14, 2011 – Kevin A. Carr, United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced the arrest of Michael F. Rhoades today. On October 6, 2011 the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service in locating and apprehending Rhoades. Rhoades is alleged to have sexually assaulted a disabled female and is a suspect in another sexual assault that occurred on a running trail in the Fond du Lac area.