Memphis, TN - In a bid to escape justice, a fugitive tried to swim, run and fight his way past law enforcement this morning. But in the end he was unable to escape.
The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force and members of the M.P.D Mt. Moriah Precinct Task Force went to the apartments located at 2700 block of S. Mendenhall. They were looking for fugitive Alvertis Brown. Brown had warrants for his arrest on charges of Rape of a child, Aggravated Sexual Battery, two charges of Aggravated Assault, Convicted Felon in possession of a handgun, Failure to appear in a felony case, and two felony drug charges.
On arrival to the apartment where the fugitive was hiding, the fugitive climbed down from the balcony overlooking the apartment’s lake. He jumped into the lake, attempting to swim away from the task force members. Once he swam across to dry land, he attempted to flee on foot. When confronted by an MPD officer he began to physically attack the officer, and the two of them grappled on the ground. A Deputy U.S. Marshal arrived on scene to assist as the fugitive continued to struggle and resist arrest. He was finally placed in handcuffs by the two officers.
In addition to the previous charges, Brown also faces charges of evading arrest, resisting arrest, and assault. He is being held at the Shelby County Jail.
The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force is a multi-agency task force with divisions in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. The Western Tennessee Division of the GCRFTF has offices in Memphis and Jackson, and its membership is primarily composed of Deputy U.S. Marshals, Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies, Memphis Police Officers, Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies, Jackson Police Officers, and the Tennessee Department of Corrections Special Agents. The primary mission of the Task Force is to arrest violent offenders and sexual predators.