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  • December 19, 2012 - Taquann Rashea Morrison was arrested in New York by the U.S. Marshals New York New Jersey Regional Task Force and New York City Police Department. Morrison is the third arrest in a Murder Case from Orangeburg County. Terrance Johnson, Rodsheen Ayer, and Morrison have all been charged with: Murder, Attempted Murder, and Aggravated Assault for a September 10, shooting leaving one person dead and two other injured on Maedrine Street in Orangeburg.
  • November 30, 2012 - Operation Intercept (OPIN), the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, arrested Charles “Chucky” Vandyke, in Myrtle Beach, SC. Vandyke is sought by the Garden City Idaho Police Department for the pending charges of Lewd and Lascivious Acts with a Minor dating back to July 24.
  • November 02, 2012 - John Henry Mauldin of Greenville was wanted by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office for a warrant issued on March 15 for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and the Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services for a probation violation warrant issued March 28. Mauldin had been on the lam since January when he failed to report for a scheduled meeting with his probation officer. Mauldin also failed to meet his lifetime sex offender registration requirement with Greenville County as required in March.
  • September 11, 2012 - At 11:00 am on Thursday, Sept. 20, media outlets and personnel are invited to a celebration of the history of the U.S. Marshals Service and how it has impacted our community in a positive way. Operation Intercept, the U.S. Marshal led fugitive task force for South Carolina, will be highlighted, as well as some of its fugitive and sex offender arrests.
  • August 10, 2012 - Lamonte Hill was located and taken into custody by Operation Intercept (OPIN), the U.S. Marshals fugitive apprehension task force, on Friday morning at a friend’s home on Hidden Pines Road in Columbia. Hill is wanted in connection with the stabbing and shooting death of Brian Bloomfield on June 11.
  • June 07, 2012 - Anthony Scott Ebersole was arrested by the U.S. Marshals at a camp ground in Crescent City, Florida late yesterday afternoon. Ebersole has been on the run from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department since March 1, when he failed to register as a sex offender as required.
  • March 26, 2012 - For the last 13 days Operation Intercept (OPIN), the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force, has proven the cooperation with state and local agencies can bring wanted men to justice. Starting with the most recent arrest of Laquiz Irby on March 21, OPIN has assisted the Anderson Police Department since December 16, 2011 in tracking Irby to Atlanta, GA and back to the upstate area where he was ultimately apprehended.
  • March 14, 2012 - Phillip Houston McBride was arrested by the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force, Operation Intercept. McBride escaped from the Marion Adjustment Center located in Marion County Kentucky on Friday March 9. McBride was being held at the Marion Adjustment Center for Manufacturing Methamphetamine charges and other criminal misconduct cases.
  • February 01, 2012 - The U.S. Marshals announce the arrest of Tabias Lorland McFadden in Grovetown, GA. McFadden has been eluding police since August 20, 2011 when warrants were issued by Florence County Sheriff’s Department after he was allegedly involved in a shooting incident to include charges of two counts Attempted Murder, one count of Firing a Firearm into an Occupied Dwelling, one count of Discharging firearm into vehicle, and one count of Armed Robbery.
  • January 26, 2012 - Operation Intercept (OPIN) the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force announce the arrest of Darius Montrez Ings in a Marshalls Department store located in Deerfield Beach, FL. Ings is wanted in connection with a homicide warrant from Hartsville Police Department, stemming from a shooting incident on July 21, 2011.
  • January 20, 2012 - Lamont Deshawn Terry was arrested by Operation Intercept (OPIN), the U.S. Marshals fugitive apprehension task force, today after receiving a request from the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force (CARFTF) in Washington, DC. Terry is the alleged shooting suspect of Chet Hunter Matthews stemming from an incident on May 26, 1992 in East Potomac Park, Haines Point area of Washington, DC.
  • January 20, 2012 - Operation Intercept (OPIN) the U.S. Marshals fugitive apprehension task force arrested Gonzales Wardlaw AKA: “Snoop” after receiving a tip from Crimestoppers at an apartment complex in Columbia. Wardlaw was sought by the Columbia Police Department for the Murder of Thomas T. Hoefer on December 29, 2011 at the Olive Garden Restaurant in Harbison.
  • December 22, 2011 - The U.S. Marshals Operation Intercept (OPIN) fugitive task force announces the arrest of Jonathan Nathaniel Golden in a local hotel on Wednesday. Golden along with four other inmates escaped from the Elmore County Jail in Wetumpka, Alabama on December 14. Golden went on crime spree from Alabama to South Carolina to include stealing a car with firearms inside and fleeing the area.
  • December 19, 2011 - Eric Joe Cabrera, also known as “Chico the Mexican”, was arrested as he exited a Greyhound Bus in the wee hours of Saturday morning by Alice Police Department in Alice, TX. Cabrera had been residing in the Columbia area and is associated with the “Crips” gang.
  • December 13, 2011 - The U.S. Marshals from South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia along with Greenville, Spartanburg, and Pickens County Sheriff’s Deputies, Greenville and Mauldin Police Officers, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) completed a successful Sex Offender Community Compliance operation (SOCC) in the upstate during the week of December 5. Operation SOCC targeted 656 active sex offenders being monitored by Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and verified 628 listed offenders.
  • October 06, 2011 - Operation Intercept (OPIN), the U.S. Marshals fugitive apprehension task force arrested Laquane Barry Curry before sunrise this morning. Curry is wanted by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department in Fayetteville, NC for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and by the NC Department of Community Corrections for five outstanding Probation Violation Warrants stemming from Sexual Battery and Assault charges.
  • September 30, 2011 - Operation Intercept (OPIN) the US Marshals fugitive apprehension task force and the Nevada Fugitive Investigative Strike Team (NFIST) working together jointly announce the location and apprehension of Ricky Hewins Mack at an apartment complex off of Elm Drive in Las Vegas, NV during the early afternoon Thursday.
  • September 22, 2011 - Operation Intercept (OPIN) the U.S. Marshals fugitive apprehension task force made up of Deputy U.S. Marshals and officers with the Pickens, Greenville, Spartanburg, and Anderson County Sheriff’s Offices, Greenville City Police, SLED, alongside Deputy US Marshals from the Appalachian Fugitive Investigative Strike Team (AFIST) in Asheville, NC and Asheville Police, announce the location and apprehension of Tavish Yeargin, Kayla Williams, and Nyia Utsey at a hotel off of Old Haywood Rd in Asheville, NC late Wednesday evening.
  • September 12, 2011 - Operation Intercept (OPIN), the U.S. Marshals fugitive apprehension task force announces the arrest of Attempted Murder suspect Tyshon Demontrea Johnson at an apartment complex in Hillsborough, NC. Johnson has been the suspect of an Attempted Murder Charge warrant issued by the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office for the shooting incident which gravely injured Isaac Hammond.
  • August 12, 2011 - Spencer Lewis McDaniel AKA: “Stone” has been on the run since October 18, 2010 for the fatal shooting death of Germaine Brown off of Walnut Street in the Five Points area of Columbia. McDaniel was named as the alleged shooter and fled the Columbia area as investigators flooded the city in search of him. However, today he was arrested by the Miami Beach Police Department without incident.
  • July 21, 2011 - On July 19 & 20, U.S. Marshals Operation Intercept (OPIN) fugitive apprehension task force, Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), FBI, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Sumter Police Department, and Columbia Police Department joined forces to “Shine the Light” on Registered Sex Offenders and violent fugitives.  OPIN and agents from all offices represented began Operation Surefire with 158 sex offenders and 10 violent fugitive warrants wanted for various felonies to include:  Marquel Joel Gadson AKA: Bushwick for Attempted Murder and Armed Robbery.

  • May 27, 2011 - Early this morning Operation Intercept (OPIN), the U.S. Marshals fugitive apprehension task force, arrested Travis “Baby” Golston at a gas station on Greystone Boulevard in Columbia.  Golston was wanted in connection with five warrants for Grand Larceny of Motor Vehicles and two counts of Criminal Conspiracy stemming from a month long theft spree of vehicles from Lexington Medical Center.

  • May 18, 2011 - Operation Intercept (OPIN) the U.S. Marshals led fugitive apprehension task force arrested three fugitives within the last 24 hours stemming from requests from the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SRFTF) in GA, Capital Area Task Force (CARTF) in Washington, DC, and the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (FRFTF) in Gainesville, FL.

  • May 13, 2011 - The U.S. Marshals located and apprehended Carlos Luis Pinelas-Mejia in San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic.  Pinelas-Mejia has been wanted in connection for the alleged homicide of Amber Marie Schiavone since January 2008.  Pinelas-Mejia lived in the Cherry Grove Apartments in Rock Hill where the victim’s body was discovered. 

  • April 27, 2011 - Henry Martin Gunnells, Jr. was arrested by the U.S. Marshals led fugitive task force, Operation Intercept (OPIN), before sunrise off of Pooles Mill Road in Swansea, SC.  Gunnells was sought by the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office for Assault & Battery High & Aggravated Nature.

  • April 14, 2011 - Alfonda Jamison, AKA: “Big Al” of Orangeburg, SC was arrested by Operation Intercept, the U.S. Marshals fugitive led task force at 788 Sprinkle Avenue on Wednesday April 13. Jamison was sought on a Federal Arrest Warrant for Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and Marijuana.

  • April 14, 2011 - Anthony Joseph Jennings AKA: “Tony” was taken into custody on Wednesday April 13, 2011 by Operation Intercept, the U.S. Marshals fugitive led task force at a Tire Shop located on North Kings Hwy.  Jennings is a suspect in four bank robberies that have occurred in the Myrtle Beach area since February.  The most recent bank robbery occurred at the BB&T on Hwy. 501 in Conway, SC on April 4.

  • March 09, 2011 - On February 25, the U.S. Marshals Service concluded a month long operation in upstate South Carolina targeting sex offenders.  Operation Shadow was a U.S. Marshals sponsored fugitive initiative to apprehend fugitives wanted for Sexually Based Offenses.  Operation Shadow utilized the expertise of the U.S. Marshals specially trained Sex Offender Investigators who aided state and local agencies in locating and apprehending these wanted individuals.

  • February 16, 2011 - U.S. Marshals announce the capture of Jonique Diguel Merriweather, who was wanted in connection with a homicide that occurred earlier in the week. According to investigators with the Jackson Police Department the victim, Michael Bates, was killed on Sunday when he sustained a single gunshot wound while driving his car on a local Jackson street. An Arrest Warrant was issued on February 14, 2011 charging Merriweather with First Degree Murder in connection with the shooting.

  • February 14, 2011 - U.S. Marshals led Operation Intercept Fugitive Task Force, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and Mullins Police Department officers arrested Barbara Edwards AKA: Barbara Longwell and Leonard Hamrick in Mullins, SC.  Edwards and Hamrick are wanted on Fugitive Warrants from the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Office in Summersville, WV for Child Concealment Charges stemming from a missing child case on December 21st, 2009.

  • January 07, 2011 - Tyrone Haynes was arrested by U.S. Marshals and the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, after almost a year on the run. Haynes is charged by the Commonwealth of Philadelphia with 10 different allegations, which include rape, burglary, sexual assault, and false imprisonment. The charges arise from a January 2010 incident where Haynes allegedly broke into an apartment off of Jackson Street in Philadelphia, then beat and raped the occupant, leaving her in critical condition for several days.

  • January 05, 2011 - Ashley Patterson, 24, and Cortney Leach, 22, of Greensboro, North Carolina, were arrested in a collaborative effort amongst North Carolina, South Carolina, and local partnered agencies on Monday and Tuesday, respectively. Both Patterson and Leach are charged by the Greensboro Police Department with attempted murder, robbery with a deadly weapon, and assault with a deadly weapon.

  • December 22, 2010 - Daniel Luberda was arrested yesterday by the U.S. Marshals and the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) in Conway, South Carolina. Luberda is charged by the Horry County Sheriff’s Office with two counts of bank robbery, stemming out of two separate bank robberies that took place earlier this month in Little River and Conway.

  • December 17, 2010 -  A Mexican drug trafficking organization with ties all over the southeastern United States has been brought to its knees by the diligent investigative efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the U.S. Marshals. Pedro Ochoa and Jose Pineda were arrested in an Atlanta suburb while Arturo Salcedo was arrested in a West Ashley neighborhood. It is alleged that these individuals are part of a drug trafficking organization that transported drugs from Mexico into South Carolina, Texas, and Georgia.

  • December 02, 2010 - The U.S. Marshals led fugitive task force Operation Intercept announce the arrest of Kendrick Darnell Littlejohn on Tuesday November 30th, 2010.  Littlejohn was wanted for Failure to Appear on November 9th, 2010 for the underlying charge of Assault & Battery with Intent to Kill on April 27th, 2010 in Greenville County, SC.  Greenville County Sheriff’s Office requested Operation Intercept’s assistance on November 15th, 2010 in locating and apprehending Littlejohn.

  • November 17, 2010 - U.S. Marshals led fugitive Task Force Operation Intercept located and arrested Willie Jermaine Taylor in Greenville, SC on Tuesday, November 16th.  Taylor has outstanding warrants for the alleged charges of: Murder, Burglary in the First Degree, Kidnapping, Attempted Armed Robbery, Criminal Conspiracy, and Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime stemming from an incident on October 18th in Traveler Rest, SC.

  • November 04, 2010 - U.S. Marshals Operation Intercept Fugitive Task Force (OPIN), Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Department, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) arrested Romeo Brown and Deshawn Powell this morning in Orangeburg, SC. Both are wanted for separate Murder Warrants issued by Orangeburg County.

  • November 01, 2010 - On October 29, approximately 30 personnel from the United States Marshals Service and Darlington County Sheriff’s Office conducted Operation Trick or Treat, an initiative to ensure registered sex offenders are residing in their documented homes and compliant with the rules set forth for South Carolina sex offenders.

  • October 21, 2010 - The U.S. Marshal led Operation Intercept Fugitive Task Force, working in conjunction with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and North Charleston Police Department, apprehended 4 fugitives during the afternoon and evening hours of October 20.

  • October 12, 2010 - Jackie Jenkins and Lorenzo Herion were arrested in Conway in the afternoon hours of October 7 by U.S. Marshals and partnering law enforcement agencies. Jenkins is charged by the Horry County Police Department with 2 counts of Assault and Battery with Intent to Kill and Burglary.  Herion is charged by the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office with weapons offenses and the Horry County Sheriff’s Office with failure to stop for a blue light.

  • October 12, 2010 - Mijail Surec-Garcia was arrested in Boca Raton, FL on Friday by U.S. Marshals and partnering law enforcement agencies at a job site where he was building and repairing homes. Garcia is charged by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office with Lewd Act on a Minor, Criminal Sexual Conduct, and two counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

  • September 30, 2010 - Santurnino Mendez was apprehended without incident last night by U.S. Marshals at a Greyhound Bus Station in Austin, Texas. Mendez, who is also known as Santurnino Trinidad, is charged by the North Charleston Police Department with sexually assaulting two minor children, approximately aged 4 and 5.

  • September 23, 2010 - Kevin Alexander AKA “Twin Diddy” has been a fugitive since June 20th, 2001 and was apprehended by the Regional Fugitive Task Force (RFTF) in Staten Island, NY on Wednesday September 22nd, 2010. Deputy U.S. Marshals in Florence, SC developed information of the whereabouts of Alexander and requested the assistance from the Deputy U.S. Marshals in Eastern New York.

  • September 22, 2010 - On Friday September 24th, 2010 the U.S. Marshals Service will celebrate its 221st Anniversary of Federal Law Enforcement Service. In conjunction with this historic event, Kelvin Washington U.S. Marshal for South Carolina is hosting “U.S. Marshals Day” at the Matthew J. Perry Federal Courthouse located at 901 Richland Street Columbia, SC at 11:00am.

  • September 21, 2010 - David Scott Browder of Lexington, SC was arrested by the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force in West Palm Beach, FL. Browder was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service for Failure to Appear for Trial on November 2nd, 2009. Browder is charged with: Felon in Possession of a Weapon, Possession with intent to Distribute and Distribution of Cocaine, Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime, and Failure to Appear as required by conditions of bond. Browder faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment if convicted at trial.

  • September 10, 2010 - The U.S. Marshals Service and its law enforcement partners in the Low Country conducted Operation AWOL from September 7-9. Operation AWOL was a joint fugitive apprehension initiative that targeted sex offenders. Over the course of the three day operation, 33 physical arrests were made closing 72 warrants. Additionally, 20 Low Country sex offenders with active warrants were located in other states and discovered to have been properly registered in those states.

  • July 19, 2010 - Sharon Cantrell was arrested in South Carolina this morning at 9:30 am.  Cantrell has been a fugitive since 2006 from the Georgia Board of Probation & Parole.  She was added to the Top 25 Most Wanted List for the state of Georgia on July 9th, 2010.  Cantrell received a life sentence for drug and weapon offenses in 1991.  Cantrell was paroled in 2005 and allegedly absconded supervision in 2006.

  • July 02, 2010 - U.S. Marshals Operation Intercept and Task Force Officers have been assisting South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, South Carolina Highway Patrol, & South Carolina Probation, Parole, & Pardon Services in arresting indicted Sand Hill and Dooley Hill Gang members in Walterboro, SC. These two rival gangs allegedly have been feuding since November 2009 when a drive-by shooting took the lives of Christopher Powell, Charles Kittrell and a 20 month old baby girl named Shaniyah Burden.

  • June 28, 2010 - U.S. Marshals Operation Intercept (OPIN) Fugitive Task Force arrested Bashi Ahmed Sorey on Friday June 24th, 2010 in South Carolina. Sorey is wanted for a New Jersey Parole Violation from October 20th, 2009 and an alleged Aggravated Assault with a Weapon Warrant on May 19th, 2009 from DeKalb County Georgia. The New York New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force (NYNJ RFTF) was assisting the New Jersey Parole Board in apprehension of Sorey when information obtained led them to SC.

  • June 24, 2010 - U.S. Marshals Arrest Armed Robbery Suspect - U.S. Marshals Operation Intercept Task Force Officers received a request from Lexington County Sheriff’s Office for assistance in locating Henry Clay Golson for the alleged Armed Robbery of a BP/S-Mart gas station in West Columbia, SC on May 23rd, 2010.

  • June 23, 2010 - Multiple Fugitives Arrested - On June 17th, 2010 Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers arrested William Manning for an Alleged Aggravated Assault/Shooting out of Newark New Jersey. On June 9th, Deputy U.S. Marshals, Columbia Police Department Officers, and Richland County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Odell Johnson for an alleged Armed Robbery, Assault & Battery with Intent to Kill charge. On June 7th, Deputy U.S. Marshals and Wilson Police Department Officers arrested fugitives Daryl Len Farmer and Antonio Marquis Farmer in Columbia, SC. Both men are wanted in connection with an alleged triple shooting from Wilson, NC.

  • June 08, 2010 - On Monday June 7th, 2010 U.S. Marshals Operation Intercept Columbia, SC arrested fugitives Daryl Len Farmer and Antonio Marquis Farmer. Both men are wanted in connection with an alleged triple shooting from Wilson, NC that happened on April 27th, 2010. Both men are charged with Attempted Murder and Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury.

  • May 21, 2010 - On Wednesday May 19th, 2010 U.S. Marshals Operation Intercept Florence Division and Myrtle Beach Police arrested David V. Sheppard at 802 65th Ave. North Myrtle Beach. Sheppard was wanted for alleged Failure to Register as a Sex Offender out of Brockton District Court in Brockton, MA.

  • April 16, 2010 - U.S. Marshal Kelvin Washington Announces Fugitive Arrests.  A significant arrest occurred on Wednesday April 14th, 2010, when the US Marshals Task Force, apprehended Donsurvi Chisolm at a bus stop in Los Angeles, CA.  Chisolm was wanted on a Felony Murder Warrant out of Berkeley County, SC.  On April 1st, 2010 at 2 Plainfield Avenue Goose Creek, SC Chisolm allegedly shot and killed his fourteen year old nephew Michael Chisolm and seriously injured his brother Donsa Chisolm.

  • October 17, 2009 - Bernard Baker AKA: Scrappy, was apprehended at a home on Schoolhouse Road in Columbia, SC. Baker is a fugitive from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is a suspect in a Homicide/Murder that took place on August 16, 2008. The U.S. Marshals Task Force, Operation Intercept received a request for investigative assistance on August 1, 2009 based on information gathered leading investigators to believe Baker had fled to South Carolina.

  • April 10, 2009 – Michael Angelo Young was arrested without incident at a relative’s home on Wednesday, April 8. Young, 29, was the subject of Wyandotte County, KS warrants for First Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery. The warrants stem from a shooting incident that occurred in October 2008. =

  • April 9, 2009 - Edward Porta, a former resident of the Spartanburg area, was the President of Porta Textiles and Porta Technologies, companies with extensive business contacts within the North American textile industry. On December 20, 2005, Porta pled guilty in the U.S. District Court in Asheville, North Carolina to the charge of Conspiracy to Defraud the U.S. Department of Agriculture. On May 2, 2007, Porta was sentenced to 38 months imprisonment for his role in the elaborate cotton import/export scheme that defrauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as banks and businesses in the U.S. and Mexico, to the tune of over 2.5 million dollars. On February 25, 2008, Porta was discovered missing following a scheduled prisoner count at the United States Penitentiary Lee County (VA) Satellite Camp. He has been on the run since that date and has been charged with Escape.

  • April 6, 2009 - Edward Woods was arrested without incident on Saturday, April 4. Woods, also known as Edward Aiken, was the subject of a 1991 Williamson County (TX) warrant charging him with Failure to Appear on an original charge of Indecency with a Child. He had been on the run for 18 years. Woods, 42, was booked into the Lexington County Detention Center awaiting extradition proceedings. The Marshals fugitive task force, Operation Intercept, received information from Texas last week that Woods was possibly living off of Biddle Road in Lexington. Lexington County Investigators and Deputy Marshals in Columbia began surveillance shortly after receiving the information and were able to apprehend Woods.

  • April 4, 2009 - Thomas Outing was arrested without incident in Philadelphia, PA just after 11:00 this morning. Outing was the subject of a Lexington County warrant for murder. He was booked into a local jail awaiting extradition proceedings. Lexington County Investigators and Deputy Marshals in Columbia tracked Outing to Philadelphia early last week and provided that information to Deputy Marshals in Philadelphia.

 
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