Friday, August 30, 2013

U.S. Marshals Apprehend Suspected Rapist

Rochester, NY – United States Marshal Charles Salina announced today the arrest of Mario Alverado Mateo. Mateo was wanted by the Monroe County District Attorney’s office on a charge of rape and sodomy.

Mario Alverado Mateo, 34, was arrested on July 24th 2013 at a private residence in Connecticut by members of the US Marshals Task Force. A warrant for violating his condition of parole was issued for Mateo on April 2013 after it was discovered that he had fled the Rochester area. Mateo was placed on parole in 2007 after serving a seven year sentence for pleading guilty for a burglary he committed in Rochester in 2000.

Recently, evidence collected from a crime scene linked Mateo to yet another crime. In April, 2000, it was believed that while Mateo was in the process of burglarizing a home in Rochester, he discovered a woman inside. Mateo brutally then raped and sodomized her. This crime went unsolved for several years until a DNA match linked Mateo to the crime scene. In addition to the parole violation warrant issued by N.Y.S. the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office filed additional charges against Mateo for rape and sodomy.

The Rochester U. S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force began the search for Mateo in June 2013. With assistance from Monroe County District Attorney’s Office and N.Y.S. Parole, Deputy U.S. Marshals were able to track Mateo’s location to Connecticut. U.S. Marshals in the District of Connecticut assisted in the investigation and began to close in on Mateo. On July 24, USMS personnel apprehended Mateo without incident at residence in Waterbury.

Mateo has been extradited back to Rochester. He was arraigned in Monroe County Court today on felony charges of rape and sodomy. Mateo is being held without bail in the Monroe County Jail.

Barricaded Fugitive Arrested by Marshals Task Force; Four Other Felons Also Captured

Pensacola, FL – The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force was able to convince a wanted fugitive out of an attic late today after a brief standoff. The Task Force was conducting surveillance in search of Charles Randall Butler, Jr. when they spotted him walking around an apartment complex on the 1900 block of Langley Avenue. Butler then bolted from them and into an apartment. After about an hour, a Deputy Marshal persuaded the 25 year-old Butler to come out peacefully without any further resistance. Butler is wanted by Escambia County Sheriff’s Office for felon in possession of a gun, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, 2 counts of probation violation and failure to appear on a resisting charge. The Task Force also encountered another man, Jamie Joyce, 22, while trying to arrest Butler who also tried to flee. After Joyce saw the officers he reportedly threw a .40 caliber handgun to the ground and a pill bottle filled with a substance that tested positive for crack-cocaine before fleeing. Joyce is being charged with felon in possession of a gun, possession of crack-cocaine and marijuana.

The Task Force and supporters from Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton County Sheriff’s Office as well as The Ft. Walton Beach Police Department, FDLE and the FBI started earlier that day which resulted in three other violent fugitives being apprehended. Around 9 o’clock they arrested Brad Tucker without incident at a house near the corner of I and Government Streets after he was spotted getting into a car. Tucker, 29, is wanted by Escambia County for kidnapping and cruelty toward a child. Tucker was also charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana at the time of his arrest. Tucker had been arrested in 2011 as well by the US Marshals Task Force in Atlanta on gun charges out of Escambia County. Just before noon the Task Force caught up with TW (“TW” is the proper first name and spelling) Shiver inside a home on the 20 Block of Horn Street. Shiver was taken into custody after a brief stand-off at the door at the home. The 26 year-old Shiver is wanted by Escambia on two counts of aggravated assault and property damage-criminal mischief. He reportedly made threats that he was going to “…paint the town red” if the cops come for him. Just before the capturing Butler, the Task Force nabbed 21 year-old Treyon Marquil Thames wanted on a warrant for aggravated assault with a gun; when he reportedly pulled a handgun on female, pointed it to her head and pulled the trigger. It is unknown why the gun did not fire and she got away. Thames was arrested around 5 pm without incident, at a relative’s home on the 600 Block of E. Baars Street. All men were booked into the Escambia County Jail. The statuses of their bonds are unknown at this time.

Marshals Task Force Arrests Pair Wanted For Ordering Murder

Columbus, OH – U.S. Marshal Patrick Sedoti of the Southern District of Ohio announces the arrest of Clarissa Clark, 19, and Summer Kerley, 29, both of Pittsburgh. The pair was arrested early Thursday evening by the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) on warrants issued by authorities in Pittsburgh. The two women face charges of criminal solicitation of homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide and terroristic threats all stemming from a March 2013 shooting in the Sheraden neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Kerley is also charged with aggravated assault

In late March, Clark and Kerley were passengers on a ‘party bus’ in Southern Pittsburgh and became engaged in a verbal altercation with other passengers. It is alleged that Clark made several phone calls to arrange for two men, James Lawrence, 21 and Michael Lyons, 22, to assault the others involved in the fight. Eventually, Clark ordered the bus to pull over and Lawrence and Lyons emerged from a car with guns and began firing at the victim. Steven Lee, 21, of McKees Rocks, Pa. was killed.

After receiving a tip from the U.S. Marshals office in Pittsburgh, Columbus based Marshals and Task Force officers from SOFAST located both Clark and Kerley in a residence on Columbus’ east-side. The women were arrested without incident and are currently the Franklin County Corrections Center awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania for trial.

Columbus SOFAST is a fugitive focused, U.S. Marshals Service led task force consisting of local, state, and federal authorities including the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Columbus Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States Secret Service, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

U.S. Marshals Arrest Convicted Sex Offender on Westside

Tucson, AZ – This morning, Jereal Lee Turner was arrested by Deputy U.S. Marshals and investigators with the U.S. Marshals led Violent Offender Task Force in Tucson.

On August 2, 2013, Jereal Turner, age 27, removed his ankle monitoring bracelet and fled from the half-way house where he was required to reside as a condition of his county probation. On the same day, a felony arrest warrant with full extradition was issued for Turner. In 2007, Turner was convicted of sexually assaulting the 6-year old daughter of his ex-girlfriend and sentenced to five years in prison. Turner is classified as a level 3 sex offender and is required to abide by all sex offender conditions, to include wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet and adhering to registration requirements.

Early this morning, Deputy U.S. Marshals and investigators established a perimeter around a residence associated with Turner located in the 4400 block of Wetmore and Schafer. While conducting interviews at the residence, Turner attempted to flee out the back door but was apprehended by the perimeter team. He was transported and booked into the Pima County Jail. Turner is facing additional charges of failure to register as a sex offender. Charges are also being considered against individuals who hindered and provided false information during the course of the investigation.

“A dangerous fugitive’s run has ended after several weeks” said U.S. Marshal David Gonzales. He added, “By working together, U.S. Marshals Service personnel and taskforce members were successful in tracking down this convicted child molester.”

The federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies that comprise the Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Taskforce (Tucson Metro Division) include: U.S. Marshals Service; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Arizona Department of Public Safety; Pima County Adult Probation Office; Arizona Department of Corrections; Tucson Police Department; U.S. Border Patrol; Pima County Sheriff’s Department; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.

Federal Fugitive Captured in Long County

Savannah, GA – A Savannah man wanted for Federal Supervised Release Violation by the United States Marshals Service was arrested in Long County, Georgia by the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Long County Sheriff’s Department, and the Georgia Department of Corrections K-9 unit, on August 22, 2013.

Wesley Mark Miller, 32, of Savannah was wanted by the U.S. Marshals for Federal Supervised Release Violation based on a 2003 methamphetamine conviction. Miller was convicted in 2003 for Conspiracy to manufacture, possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of methamphetamine. He was sentenced to a 120 month sentence to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. His supervised release was previously revoked in April of 2012. His current supervised release term began in September of 2012. The current violation warrant stemmed from an incident that happened in Effingham County on July 13, 2013, when deputies conducted a traffic stop and as the deputy walked up to the window, Miller sped off. A chase ensued and Miller ended up losing control of the vehicle and crashed into several utilities poles. Miller was taken to Memorial Hospital with numerous injuries. At some time during his medical treatment, Miller left the hospital and has been on the run ever since.

The federal warrant was issued on August 8, 2013 and an extensive investigation was conducted to locate Miller. Numerous leads were worked in this case and numerous people were interviewed. Leads were generated that led to a possible location off Marcus Noble Road in Long County, Georgia. Marshals Task Force members, along with the Long County Sheriff’s Department, and the GA DOC K-9 unit went to a trailer in Long County and arrested Miller without incident. Miller was transported to the Liberty County to await his court proceedings.

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of over 36, 000 federal fugitives. More federal fugitives are arrested by the Marshals Service than all other federal agencies combined. In 2011, U.S. Marshals led task forces arrested more than 86,000 state and local fugitives, which cleared over 113,000 warrants.

The Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force has three offices: Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah. The task force covers the whole state of Georgia. The Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of investigators from the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department, the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Department, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department, the Hampton County Sheriff’s Department, and the United States Marshals Service. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, drug crimes, sex offenders, and other felonies.