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.

US_Marshals_Enforcement_ToolsAmong 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.

January 07, 2011Tyrone Haynes was arrested by U.S. Marshals and the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, after almost a year on the run. Haynes is charged by the Commonwealth of Philadelphia with 10 different allegations, which include rape, burglary, sexual assault, and false imprisonment. The charges arise from a January 2010 incident where Haynes allegedly broke into an apartment off of Jackson Street in Philadelphia, then beat and raped the occupant, leaving her in critical condition for several days.

January 06, 2011The New Year was no vacation for the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF). Elohim El-Jones, age 25, was wanted by the Akron Police Department in the August 2009 shooting death of Michael L. Kirksey, age 31, of Spaulding St. in Akron.

January 06, 2011A fugitive wanted by three local agencies was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, and the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department (SCMPD) K-9. Deontray Rashard “Rocky” Bryant was wanted for the offense of kidnapping. Bryant was also wanted by the Garden City Police Department on multiple warrants for Aggravated Assault with a gun, Possession of a Firearm by a convicted felon, Possession of a Firearm during the commission of a crime and Criminal Trespass.

January 05, 2011The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested an escapee today from Chicago, who reportedly arrived in Pensacola on New Year’s Eve. Fred Hoye, 40, who was originally arrested under the alias “Theodore Usher” was out on bail in Cook County, IL on drug charges and placed on GPS monitoring.

January 05, 2011Ashley Patterson, 24, and Cortney Leach, 22, of Greensboro, North Carolina, were arrested in a collaborative effort amongst North Carolina, South Carolina, and local partnered agencies on Monday and Tuesday, respectively. Both Patterson and Leach are charged by the Greensboro Police Department with attempted murder, robbery with a deadly weapon, and assault with a deadly weapon.

January 04, 2011Members of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force and the Cleveland Police Department arrested Jonathan Rodriguez, age 23, after he attempted to flee in a vehicle. Rodriguez was wanted by the Cleveland Police Department for rape and by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office for failing to register his change of address and violating his probation. It is alleged that Rodriguez and his father, who is already in custody, brutally raped a female in November of last year.

January 02, 2011Members of the United States Marshals Violent Offender Task Force captured Walter Furrh, 51, in Phoenix, AZ. Walter Furrh was wanted by the Tucson Police Department for Robbery. Furrh, whom authorities dubbed the “Manila Bandit”, is alleged to have robbed numerous banks around the Tucson area from July 2010 to December 2010. Furrh was called the “Manila Bandit” because it is alleged that he would present the teller a manila envelope and demand that the money be placed in the envelope during some of the robberies.

December 31, 2010 – Stacia A. Hylton was sworn-in as the 10th director of the U.S. Marshals Service today in a ceremony officiated by Senior Judge Claude M. Hilton at the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va.  Hylton is the first woman to hold the position. 

“The Marshals Service has a rich and proud history and it is an honor to return to the agency and lead the men and women of this great organization,” said Hylton.  “Like many law enforcement agencies, we face significant challenges, but I am confident the agency will continue to excel in the execution of our missions and work with our fellow law enforcement partners in securing our country.”

December 30, 2010On December 29, 2010, Albuquerque Police Department arrested one of the United States Marshals Service, District of New Mexico’s Most Wanted Gang Offenders, Nathan Martinez. Martinez, 25, of Santa Fe, was arrested during a traffic stop by the Albuquerque Police Department. Martinez was wanted for Failure to Appear on Assault charges in Santa Fe, New Mexico in connection with an Armed Robbery. Martinez also had a warrant out of the state of Colorado for a gang related homicide.

December 30, 2010 – On Tuesday, December 28, 2010, the Odessa Police Department and Texas Rangers were working to locate murder suspect Christopher Antonio Redic who was accused of killing Freddie Hall III. The Rangers reached out to the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force of whom they are a member agency, along with the Odessa PD and several other area agencies. The Texas Rangers had developed information that Redic may be in Monahans, and the task force quickly set up surveillance on several possible locations. On Wednesday, task force agents learned that Redic and his girlfriend had caught a ride to the Killeen/Temple area the day before, prior to law enforcement focusing on Monahans.