Murder Suspect and Marshals MOST WANTED Fugitive Captured in Florida
Luxon Coriolan, 23, on the U.S. Marshals 15 MOST
WANTED fugitive list since September, was arrested in Jacksonville,
Florida, today at 1:30 pm. Coriolan, a Haitian native and criminal
gang member, was sought on two counts of murder, three counts of
attempted murder, and firearms violations in New Jersey, as well as
two prior warrants involving criminal sexual contact against a
minor, and kidnapping.
The hunt for Coriolan ended outside an auto parts
store when two Marshals-led arrest teams surrounded him and a
colleague as they prepared to enter their car. The fugitive was
overwhelmed and unable to resist capture. A quantity of marijuana
was recovered and Coriolanís associate also was arrested.
Several leads in the case drew an investigative team
of Deputy Marshals from New Jersey to Florida. They were joined by
special agents from the FBI and investigators from the Essex County
New Jersey Prosecutorís Office. Assisting with the operation were
Deputy U.S. Marshals from the Jacksonville office and members of the
Marshals-sponsored Northeast Florida Fugitive Task Force.
Coriolan is currently being held in the Duval County
Detention Center, pending extradition to New Jersey. He has a
substantial criminal record that includes a felony conviction,
probation violations, and earlier charges relating to weapons,
drugs, and aggravated assault.
to witnesses, on August 20, 2003, a gold Acura drove near a group of
people in front of a building in East Orange, New Jersey and an
individual identified as Coriolan aimed and fired a shotgun at the
group. A young father, Flynn Myers, 21, huddled over the two
youngsters trying to shield them, but he and four-year-old Navianna
Hyppolite (pictured on the right) were struck and
killed in a hail of gunfire. A friend of Myers also was wounded.
East Orange Police say that an argument had taken place between the
gunman and an unidentified individual earlier in the day near the
spot of the shooting. The suspect had vowed to return later, they
said. Press accounts described Meyers as a popular local resident
who gave his life in a heroic action. The brutal attack sparked a
passionate community outcry, as
as a regional manhunt.
The United States Marshals adopted this case based on
a formal request from the FBI and the Essex County, NJ Prosecutorís
Office. The fugitive hunt was directed by Deputy Marshals in the
District of New Jersey warrant squad, with the support of the
Marshalsí New York/ New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force.
Marshals 15 MOST WANTED listing focuses national and
international law enforcement attention on violent and major
criminal fugitives. Annually, investigations carried out by the
U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of approximately 34,000
federal fugitives. More federal fugitives are arrested by Marshals
than all other federal agencies combined.
U.S. Marshals task forces arrested more than 27,000 state and local
fugitives on felony charges.
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