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Southern District of Florida - News Releases

December 08, 2015 - U.S. Marshal Amos Rojas Jr. of the Southern District of Florida and U.S. Marshal Michael R. Bladel of the Southern District of Iowa announce the arrest of Shawn Wegmann, a fugitive who fled to Cuba by boat in October. Wegmann is wanted by the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Iowa on a pre-trial release warrant stemming from felony firearms charges.

August 24, 2015 - U.S. Marshal Amos Rojas Jr. and Miami Dade Police Department Director J.D. Patterson, have announced the arrest of murder suspect Danei Washington Gordon. The Jamaican national, whose legal status in the U.S. has not been confirmed, was captured last Wednesday in Hartford, Connecticut by U.S. Marshals and City of Hartford Police officers.

August 06, 2015 - Willie Lee Austin was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service Florida Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force after escaping from the Central State Correctional Institute on Dec. 27, 1981. Austin was serving a 15-year sentence for Armed Robbery after being convicted in Muscogee County, Georgia.

July 22, 2015 - U.S. Marshal Amos Rojas Jr. announces the arrest of Matthew Thomas Foreman. Foreman was arrested today by U.S. Marshals in West Palm Beach on an outstanding arrest warrant from Columbus, Ohio. Foreman has been dubbed the “Monster Mobster” by law enforcement in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus Police say Foreman is alleged to have robbed several businesses while carrying a firearm in the Columbus, Ohio area during the month of June 2015.

July 06, 2015 - A Deputy U.S. Marshal assigned to the Miami office in the Southern District of Florida has won a gold medal in tennis in the 2015 World Police and Fire Olympic Games. Sebastien Barrois, 40, took his talents to Fairfax, Virginia last week to compete against Police and Fire athletes from all over the world.

January 28, 2015 - Peter Tobin, United States Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio, announced today that Thomas Gregory Thompson, along with his assistant Alison Louise Antekeier were arrested by the United States Marshals Service, Southern District of Florida on arrest warrants issued out of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

December 04, 2014 - A fugitive wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service and the City of Miami Police Department for sexually assaulting a victim under the age of 12 has been returned to Miami after being captured in Peru. A vetted Peruvian National Police unit, in conjunction with Peruvian Judicial Police, arrested Joel Alexander Chirinos in Lima, Peru on Dec. 6, 2013, after nearly seven years.

September 24, 2014 - Today the U.S. Marshals Service celebrates its 225th anniversary. As the nation’s oldest, most versatile federal law enforcement agency, it continues to build on its legacy of steadfast service and its unique position in the country’s federal justice system.

September 02, 2014 - The U.S. Marshals Service has arrested a convicted, non-compliant sex offender who has refused to register with law enforcement. Jack Trowbridge was arrested today by Deputy Marshals assigned to the Sex Offender Investigations Branch of the Marshals Service after being charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, the “Adam Walsh Act.”

June 02, 2014 - A fugitive wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Miami Dade Police Department for seriously injuring a Florida Highway Patrol trooper in a 1998 DUI crash has been returned to Miami after being captured in Panama. Panamanian law enforcement arrested Samuel Silva in Panama after nearly 10 years on the run.

May 07, 2014 - The international manhunt for a man wanted for allegedly committing Armed Robbery in Coral Gables, Fla., and making off with more than 100 pounds of gold has ended. The fugitive was captured and is back on U.S. soil after being deported today from Belize. Raonel Valdez-Valhuerdis was detained Feb. 18 in Belize after he was stopped by Belize immigration officials while crawling through some bushes at the Guatemala/Belize border.

March 25, 2014 - A deputy U.S. marshal and a St. Lucie County sheriff’s deputy wounded in the line of duty received U.S. Marshals Service Purple Heart awards from Stacia A. Hylton, director of the U.S. Marshals Service at a ceremony today.

March 13, 2014 - The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested James Robert Jones, a fugitive wanted by the Department of Defense and listed as one of the U.S. Army’s 15 Most Wanted for escape from a federal prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Jones, a private in the U.S. Army, was convicted of premeditated murder and aggravated and was serving a 23-year sentence when he escaped from the maximum security facility.

November 20, 2013 - One Deputy U.S. Marshal and a Task Force officer assigned to the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force were injured early this morning while attempting to arrest two fugitives who were wanted on federal drug charges.

August 01, 2013 - Mercelin Etienne, a fugitive for five years, is now in the Broward County jail where he will face charges of armed sexual battery. Earlier this week, Deputy U.S. Marshals and a Miramar Police detective assigned to the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force traveled to Canada to take custody of Etienne and return him to Florida.

June 14, 2013 - Kenneth Andrew Craig, one of the most wanted child sex offenders in the country and abroad, is back on U.S. soil after being extradited from Brazil. Craig was arrested in June 2011 by Brazilian Federal Police at Galeo International Airport pursuant to a provisional arrest warrant issued by Brazil at the request of the United States. Craig was on the G8 Most Wanted Sex Offender list, making him one of the most wanted child sex offenders in this country and internationally.

May 07, 2013 - Today the U.S. Marshals Service concluded Operation Guardian, a three-year, national initiative specifically targeting the country’s most dangerous noncompliant sex offenders. Deputy Marshals and law enforcement partners arrested 345 individuals who had failed to register with state authorities as required by law.

February 14, 2013 -  A former banker and Miami attorney who was convicted of drug smuggling 26 years ago has been captured by the U.S. Marshals with the assistance of Mexican law enforcement and Immigration authorities. Manuel Lopez-Castro, a 61-year old Cuban national who was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1977 was captured in Cancun, Mexico.

February 08, 2013 -  The U.S. Marshals Service, Roanoke, Alabama Police Department and Randolph County Sheriff’s Department announce the arrest of fugitive Danny Foster in Miami, Florida. Foster was wanted for Assault, Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling and Escape.

January 27, 2011 - Deputy U.S. Marshals assigned to the “Cold Case Squad” in Miami have tracked down another Federal fugitive who has been on the run for the past 31 years. 62-year old Mark Steven Phillips was arrested today at an apartment complex in West Palm Beach after Deputy Marshals developed information he had recently rented an apartment in a 55 and older senior living community.

January 11, 2011 - Deputy U.S. Marshals in Miami have tracked down a federal fugitive who escaped from custody 30 years ago and was living in a small rural town in Central Florida. 71-year old Ian Jackson MacDonald was arrested at a house in Homosassa, Florida this afternoon by the U.S. Marshals assigned to the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force in Gainesville.

January 02, 2010 - 15 Most Wanted Fugitive Capture - The U.S. Marshals Service, along with local law enforcement officers, captured accused homicide suspect Paul Michael Merhige at a motel in the Florida Keys. Merhige was arrested without incident when authorities received a tip after the story was profiled on "America's Most Wanted."

December 03, 2009 - On November 26, 2009, Paul Michael Merhige was invited to a family Thanksgiving dinner in Jupiter, Florida where he open fired with a handgun on unsuspecting guests, killing four and wounding two.  The investigation revealed that Merhige had a strong resentment toward several family members. is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice