Wilson, NC - Rodney Vernon Cooke, suspected of killing his roommate in Wilson on August 2, 1991, was arrested in Alpharetta, GA, this morning by the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force.
The investigation to locate Cooke, 46, also known as Gary Reid and Gary Clark, received new life recently when an individual came in to the Wilson Police Department and said they had seen Cooke in South Carolina. The U.S. Marshals Service Eastern District of North Carolina Violent Fugitive Task Force began searching for Cooke and soon discovered that he was residing in Georgia under the alias Gary Reid, and that he had accumulated a criminal history in several states under this identity.
This new information was passed along to the Marshals Service in Atlanta, who quickly followed up and located Cooke early this morning. Cooke is currently in the Fulton County Jail awaiting extradition to North Carolina.
The E/NC Violent Fugitive Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Marshals Service, Wilson Police Department, Raleigh Police Department, N.C. DPS/Security Services, and N.C. State Highway Patrol.