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Friday, October 24, 2014

U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Arrests Murder Suspect Who Fled From Puerto Rico to Florida



Fugitive Located in Ocala Apartment

Gainesville, FL – This morning, the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Jonathan Santiago-Torres in a northeast Ocala apartment complex. Santiago-Torres was wanted by the Caguas Municipal Court in Puerto Rico on an outstanding arrest warrant for homicide and weapons-related charges with a bond of $2 million. Per an investigation by police in Puerto Rico, Santiago-Torres shot and killed a male victim with a handgun on June 25.

U.S. Marshals in Puerto Rico and Task Force members in Gainesville developed information that Santiago-Torres fled to Florida after the murder. Further investigation revealed that Santiago-Torres arrived in the Ocala area within the last couple of days. Task Force members – including investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office – continued the investigation in Ocala this morning and determined Santiago-Torres was likely hiding inside the apartment located at 2701 NE 7th Street #601 with a friend. At approximately 9:00 a.m., Task Force members surrounded this apartment and ordered Santiago-Torres to exit. Santiago-Torres exited moments later and Task Force members placed him under arrest. Santiago-Torres was booked into the Marion County Jail on his outstanding arrest warrant.

For additional information, please contact Deputy U.S. Marshal Bryon Carroll at (352) 672-8065.

The Gainesville Division of the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force is sponsored by the U.S. Marshals Service and is comprised of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, the Levy County Sheriff's Office, the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the Gainesville Police Department, and the Chiefland Police Department.

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