Pensacola, FL – The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force was able to convince a wanted fugitive out of an attic late today after a brief standoff. The Task Force was conducting surveillance in search of Charles Randall Butler, Jr. when they spotted him walking around an apartment complex on the 1900 block of Langley Avenue. Butler then bolted from them and into an apartment. After about an hour, a Deputy Marshal persuaded the 25 year-old Butler to come out peacefully without any further resistance. Butler is wanted by Escambia County Sheriff’s Office for felon in possession of a gun, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, 2 counts of probation violation and failure to appear on a resisting charge. The Task Force also encountered another man, Jamie Joyce, 22, while trying to arrest Butler who also tried to flee. After Joyce saw the officers he reportedly threw a .40 caliber handgun to the ground and a pill bottle filled with a substance that tested positive for crack-cocaine before fleeing. Joyce is being charged with felon in possession of a gun, possession of crack-cocaine and marijuana.
The Task Force and supporters from Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton County Sheriff’s Office as well as The Ft. Walton Beach Police Department, FDLE and the FBI started earlier that day which resulted in three other violent fugitives being apprehended. Around 9 o’clock they arrested Brad Tucker without incident at a house near the corner of I and Government Streets after he was spotted getting into a car. Tucker, 29, is wanted by Escambia County for kidnapping and cruelty toward a child. Tucker was also charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana at the time of his arrest. Tucker had been arrested in 2011 as well by the US Marshals Task Force in Atlanta on gun charges out of Escambia County. Just before noon the Task Force caught up with TW (“TW” is the proper first name and spelling) Shiver inside a home on the 20 Block of Horn Street. Shiver was taken into custody after a brief stand-off at the door at the home. The 26 year-old Shiver is wanted by Escambia on two counts of aggravated assault and property damage-criminal mischief. He reportedly made threats that he was going to “…paint the town red” if the cops come for him. Just before the capturing Butler, the Task Force nabbed 21 year-old Treyon Marquil Thames wanted on a warrant for aggravated assault with a gun; when he reportedly pulled a handgun on female, pointed it to her head and pulled the trigger. It is unknown why the gun did not fire and she got away. Thames was arrested around 5 pm without incident, at a relative’s home on the 600 Block of E. Baars Street. All men were booked into the Escambia County Jail. The statuses of their bonds are unknown at this time.