FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 16, 2004
USMS Public Affairs
"15 Most Wanted" Fugitive Ronnie Dontell
Marshals Service Task Force in Nashville, Tennessee
America's Most Wanted Tip Leads to Arrest of Indiana Fugitive
Members of two Marshals Service task forces apprehended, this afternoon, "15 Most Wanted" fugitive Ronnie Dontell DRANE in Tennessee. Tips phoned into the "America's Most Wanted" television program led deputy marshals from the Middle District of Tennessee and the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force to the area. Further surveillance and investigation enabled deputy marshals to pinpoint the fugitive's location at an apartment complex in Nashville.
Drane was wanted by the Marshals for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, in connection with charges brought by law enforcement authorities in Gary, Ind., which included two counts of murder and attempted murder. He allegedly shot and killed Larry Peaches, Jr. and Helen Buchanan in October 2002. Herman Buchanan also suffered a gunshot wound during the incident.
Drane was observed this afternoon leaving an apartment in Nashville, then re-entering the same unit. Deputy marshals entered the unit and arrested the fugitive without incident. A subsequent search revealed false identifications. Drane is being held by the Marshals Service, pending removal to Indiana.
The U.S. Marshals Service is the nation's oldest federal law enforcement agency. Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined. Last year, U.S. Marshals cleared 36,304 federal fugitive warrants and cleared an additional 32,759 state and local fugitive warrants through USMS co-operative task forces. For more information on this and other major cases, go to www.usmarshals.gov.