Pittsburgh, PA – Members of the U.S. Marshals Western PA Fugitive Task Force (WPAFTF) captured the second suspect today in a January 20, 2015 McKeesport, PA, homicide. Jonathan “B.J.” Coles was captured one week after his alleged accomplice Roman “Rome” Jones was arrested by Task Force officers in West Virginia. Coles, age 20, and Jones were charged by the Allegheny County Police Department on January, 21, 2015 with Criminal Homicide, Criminal Attempt-Criminal Homicide (2 counts), Aggravated Assault (2 counts) and Carrying a Firearm without a License. These charges stem from a January 20, 2015 incident in which Coles and Jones are alleged to have shot and killed 24 year old William “Billy” Doyle and wounding two others outside the Crawford Village housing complex in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. The Allegheny County Police Department requested the assistance of the Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force with locating Coles and Jones.
Information developed by task force investigators led them to an apartment in the 300 block of Corey Avenue, Braddock, PA, where they arrested Coles without incident this morning. Coles was turned over to the custody of Allegheny County homicide detectives following his arrest.
“Our ability to locate and capture violent fugitives like Cole and Jones is as a direct result of our close relationships and partnering with fellow law enforcement agencies in the region”, said U.S. Marshal Steve Frank.
The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force is comprised of officers from the Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Allegheny County Sheriffs, and Westmoreland County. These agencies, along with the United States Attorney’s Office, are participating members of the U.S. Marshals Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force (WPAFTF).