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For Immediate Release

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June 25, 2009 Southern District of Ohio
Deputy U.S. Marshal Donnie W. Ray, PAO (513) 200-5091;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Capture Two Shooting Suspects
Fonta Whipple and Jashawn Clark are accused of a brutal shooting in Lockland, Ohio

Cincinnati, OH - On 06/25/09 at approximately 12:30 am, the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) arrested 26 year-old Fonta Whipple and 25 year-old Jashawn Clark at the Holiday Inn at 600 West 3rd Street in Covington, Kentucky. Whipple and Clark are accused of critically injuring Derryan Holland by shooting him multiple times with an AK-47 rifle in Lockland, Ohio on June 22, 2009. The Lockland Police Department is charging both suspects with Felonious Assault. Supervisory Deputy United States Marshal Chris Riley stated, “This is another example of law enforcement working collaboratively across many jurisdictions for the benefit of all communities involved.”

SOFAST received a request from the Lockland Police Department to help locate and arrest Whipple and Clark. On 06/25/09 after an extensive search, SOFAST developed information that Whipple and Clark were staying with friends at the Holiday Inn in Covington, KY. The strike team found Whipple and Clark at the hotel, where they were arrested without incident. Whipple and Clark were booked into the Kenton County Detention Center, where they will await extradition back to Hamilton County, Ohio.

SOFAST is a multi-jurisdictional task force comprised of the U.S. Marshals, Cincinnati Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Warren Co. Prosecutors Office, U.S. Department of Agriculture OIG, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Butler County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio Adult Parole Authority.

U.S. Marshals are the nation’s primary fugitive hunting organization and capture more federal fugitives each year than all other law enforcement agencies combined. For more information, go to www.usmarshals.gov.