Monday, April 06, 2015

Suspect Accused of First Degree Murder Arrested by U.S. Marshals in Chapel Hill, NC

Chapel Hill, NC – On April 3, 2015 at approximately 11:45 PM the Chapel Hill Police Department responded to a reported stabbing in the area of 209 East Franklin Street. Upon arrival police located a male victim who was suffering from stab wounds to the chest. The victim was immediately transported to the UNC Hospital by ambulance. The victim was later pronounced dead from a result of the stabbing. The victim’s name is being withheld at this time awaiting notification of family members. On April 4, 2015 warrants were issued for Charles Anthony Rhames, a 25 year old, black male for First Degree Murder by the Chapel Hill Police Department.

According to the witnesses of the incident, Rhames and the victim were engaged in a verbal altercation that escalated when Rhames pulled out a knife and started stabbing the victim. Rhames then fled the scene. The U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force (JFTF) and Investigators with the Chapel Hill Police Department developed information of Rhames’s possible whereabouts.

On April 4, 2015, investigative efforts led the JFTF and the Chapel Hill Police Department to the vicinity of 400 Jones Ferry Road in Carrboro where Rhames was arrested without incident. Rhames was transported to the Orange County Jail where he is currently being held on the alleged charges.

The U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force for the Middle District of North Carolina is comprised of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, Chapel Hill Police Department, Durham Police Department, Greensboro Police Department, High Point Police Department, Winston-Salem Police Department, Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the North
Carolina Department of Public Safety, Department of Community Corrections – Probation & Parole.

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