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September 18, 2007 Eastern District of Kentucky - Covington
Deputy U.S. Marshal Kevin Raih (859) 392-7918; or
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065



Williamstown, KY - The United States Marshals announced here today that the agency has added Anthony “Tony” Ray Artrip to its list of 15 Most Wanted Fugitives.

Artrip, 35, of Ashland, KY, is wanted by U.S. Marshals in the Eastern District of Kentucky after escaping from the Grant County, Kentucky Detention Center, on June 24, 2007. On that evening, Artrip escaped through the roof of the prison facility and fled though a wooded area on foot. He was in jail awaiting sentencing in federal court for three counts of bank robbery, following a conviction in Ohio.

Since his June escape, Artrip is a suspect in at least five bank robberies in West Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Michigan. During the commission of these robberies, Artrip allegedly pulled a handgun on several tellers. Artrip was last sighted by police in Asheville, N.C., on Sept. 11, 2007, but escaped after a vehicle pursuit.

The Marshals Service is now employing its comprehensive nationwide network of regional and district fugitive task forces, as well as its Technical Operations Group, to find Artrip.

“Anthony Ray Artrip is exceptionally dangerous. He is a federal fugitive who is not laying low, but continuing to commit violent crimes while on the run,” said United States Marshals Service Director John Clark. “By placing him on our 15 Most Wanted list, I have directed our investigators to use all resources to find and apprehend this dangerous criminal. From what we’ve seen since his escape, there is no indication that Artrip’s criminal activities are going to end. We need to put a stop to his crime spree.”

Artrip is a white male, approximately six-feet-tall and weighting 180 lbs. He has brown hair and blue eyes. Artrip has a scar on his forehead and a scar on his nose. He also has tattoos on his back, chest, right hand, and both arms.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of Artrip, please contact the nearest U.S. Marshals Service office or call the U.S. Marshals at 1-800-336-0102. There is a reward of up to $25,000 for information directly leading to the arrest of Artrip.

For more information, go to the U.S. Marshals web site at www.usmarshals.gov.

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