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For Immediate Release

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October 07, 2009 Southern District of Ohio
Deputy U.S. Marshal Michael J. Picou, PAO
(513) 684-3594
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Two Murder Suspects and an Armed Kidnapper are Apprehended
Within Hours of Each Other in Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati, OH – Antonio Portis, 19 years of age, Demar Edmonds, 22 years of age, and Jerome Taylor, 43 years of age, were arrested yesterday by the U.S. Marshals led Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST).

Antonio Portis was wanted for murder in connection with the shooting death of 26 year old Michael Cephas on September 21, 2009 on Dutch Colony in Cincinnati. Portis was located hiding out in a house on Earnshaw Avenue in Cincinnati. After realizing that the house was surrounded, Portis along with two other occupants surrendered and were taken into custody. Additionally, five firearms were seized out of the residence.

Demar Edmonds, was recently indicted for the July 26, 2005 murder of 21 year old Joshua C. Rice at 474 Dayton Street in Cincinnati’s West End neighborhood. Edmonds was located and arrested at an apartment complex on the 1900 block of Kentucky Avenue in Cincinnati. Edmonds is currently on probation for weapons under disability.

Jerome Taylor was wanted for an Armed Robbery and Abduction that occurred in January 2009. Taylor, whose criminal history dates back to 1984, was previously convicted of drug possession and drug trafficking. Taylor was located and arrested at an apartment complex on the 1500 block of East McMillan in Cincinnati.

The U.S. Marshals led task force, SOFAST developed information that all three individuals were currently hiding out in the Cincinnati area. After following up on numerous leads, members of SOFAST were able to pin down the locations on Portis, Edmonds, and Taylor. All three individuals were apprehended within hours of each other and booked into the Hamilton County Justice Center. U.S. Marshal Cathy Jones stated, "Our task force officers and Deputy U.S. Marshals are risking their lives everyday to make our communities safer. Three violent fugitive felons are behind bars in a matter of hours due to interagency cooperation and professional commitment."

SOFAST is a multi-jurisdictional task force comprised of the U.S. Marshals, Cincinnati Police Department, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Butler County Sheriff’s Office, Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, U.S. Department of Agriculture OIG, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and Ohio Adult Parole Authority.
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 agencies combined.

For more information on other USMS Top 15 fugitives and USMS Major Cases, go to www.usmarshals.gov.

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