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Friday, May 29, 2015

Suspected Gunman Arrested in High Point, NC by U.S. Marshals



High Point, NC – On May 29, 2015 around 11:40 a.m., Cornelius Jaqual Woods, Jr., a 22 year old male was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force (JFTF) and the High Point Police Department. Arrest warrants were issued for Woods, Jr. in High Point, NC on May 27, 2015 for two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon Intent to Kill, and two counts of Discharging a Weapon into an Occupied Vehicle. The warrants were drawn as the result of a reported incident in which Woods, Jr. allegedly fired shots at a vehicle occupied by Gabrielle Pemberton and her young child in High Point on May 27, 2015. No one was injured during the assault.

On May 29, 2015, members of the JFTF and High Point Police Department Street Crimes Unit conducted surveillance at 1541 Beaucrest Avenue. At approximately 11:40 a.m., Woods, Jr. was seen leaving the house on Beaucrest Avenue. Woods, Jr. was arrested at that time without incident. He was transported to the High Point Police Department by the JFTF at that time and turned over to the investigating officer in charge of the case. Conditions of release are unknown at this time.

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.

First Degree Murder Suspect Arrested by U.S. Marshals in Greensboro, North Carolina



Greensboro, NC - The hunt for the person responsible for taking the life of Delmorio Lamontae Blockson of Winston-Salem is over. On May 27, 2015, at approximately 03:19 AM the Winston-Salem Police Department responded to a shooting at the 1600 block of East 25th Street. Upon arrival officers discovered Mr. Blockson had been fatally shot.

On the same date, an arrest warrant was issued for Anthony Ordell Abran, a 37 year old male, charging him with First Degree Murder. On May 28, 2015, the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force (JFTF) developed information through investigative efforts that Abran was staying at the 800 block of Remount Court, apartment 19 in Greensboro, NC. At approximately 7:50 PM last night the JFTF and the Winston-Salem Police Department SWAT team verified the information and surrounded and converged on the apartment. Upon entry Abran surrendered and was taken into custody without incident. Abran was transported to the Forsyth County Jail where he is currently being held on the alleged charge.

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.

Gang Member Sentenced to 180 Months for Firearm and Drug Possession



NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Murfreesboro Police Department (MPD) announced today that Charles Franklin, age 34, was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell for felon in possession of a firearm and possession of cocaine.

ATF Special Agent in Charge Steven L. Gerido said, “This focused investigation will have a lasting impact on reducing firearms related violence and taking drugs off the streets of Murfreesboro.  ATF’s “Frontline” strategy to reduce violent crime demonstrates the collective resources ATF and the Murfreesboro Police Department bring to bear in identifying violent criminals who lessen the quality of life in our neighborhoods.”

“This is another example of how detectives and agents from the local and federal level can partner to better protect the citizens of Murfreesboro.  Working together, our agencies brought an individual who was a convicted felon, known gang member and drug dealer to justice where he will face the consequences of his illegal activities.  We will continue working with our federal law enforcement partners to place violent criminals behind bars,” said Chief of Police Glenn Chrisman.

This case is part of a proactive initiative with the Murfreesboro Police Department Gang Unit to reduce violent crime that has resulted in several federal prosecutions during the past two years. Franklin’s arrest and conviction was the result of a collective six month undercover operation by ATF and MPD. Franklin, a documented Gangster Disciple gang member and a five time convicted felon, was on state parole at the time he was arrested for a stolen Tennessee Highway Patrol service pistol.  ATF Forensic Science Laboratory was able to connect Franklin to the location where the cocaine and the stolen police weapon were found by a latent fingerprint belonging to Franklin.