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For Immediate Release

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July 13, 2010 Michael R. Regan, United States Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (717) 221-2213
U.S. Marshals Arrest Virginia Murder Fugitive in Scranton
Charges stem from March 10 Incident in Fredericksburg
Scranton, PA – U.S. Marshal Michael R. Regan announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) arrested Jamel Nelson in Scranton.

Nelson was being sought by authorities in Spotsylvania County, Virginia as a suspect in a late night shooting on March 10, 2010 inside a home on Bent Tree Drive in Fredericksburg. According to witnesses and police reports, Nelson and his cousin Ronald Streeter got into a heated argument about the cleanliness of Streeter’s house. The dispute led to a fistfight and eventually the slaying of Streeter. When Spotsylvania County deputies arrived, Streeter was found lying on the floor with multiple gunshot wounds to his legs and lower torso. He had been shot 14 times. Streeter died a short time later at a local hospital.

Authorities recovered shell casings, several handguns, and ammunition at the crime scene. Witnesses told police that Nelson fled the scene in a 2006 Acura MDX. It was reported Nelson has family and friends in the Bronx, New York.

Arrest warrants were issued against Nelson, charging him with:
  • 1 count of First Degree Murder
  • 1 count of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony
  • 1 count of Auto Theft

On March 11, the fugitive case on Jamel Nelson was adopted by the U.S. Marshals Service’s Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force (CARFTF) in eastern Virginia.

The case against Nelson received media coverage from the show America’s Most Wanted. The case profile is available at: http://www.amw.com/fugitives/case.cfm?id=72141.

On July 8, the U.S. Marshals Service’s Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania received an investigative lead from task force officers assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service’s CARFTF.

On July 12, U.S. Marshals and members of its M/PA Fugitive Task Force conducted surveillance of an address in the 100 block of 10th Avenue in Scranton. At approximately 7:00PM, Nelson was observed outside the target location. U.S. Marshals and task force officers moved in and arrested the fugitive without incident. When confronted by U.S. Marshals, the fugitive admitted being Jamel Nelson.

Nelson, 26 years of age, was turned over to the Scranton Police Department, who charged him as a fugitive-from-justice. Nelson is being held at the Lackawanna County Prison, pending court hearings on his extradition to Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

U.S. Marshals were assisted by several agencies that comprise its M/PA Fugitive Task Force. This included officers from the Scranton Police Department, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation & Parole, and the Pennsylvania State Police. The concept of all USMS-led fugitive task forces is to seek out and arrest the nation’s most dangerous offenders.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.