News Banner


For Immediate Release

Contact:
August 31, 2010 Phill Maxwell, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal, Western District of Texas-Midland/Odessa Division (432) 686-4100 ext.223
Fort Worth Murder Suspect Captured in Odessa

Odessa, TX – On Sunday night, August 29th, Fort Worth police allege that 21 year old Dante Maurice Harris shot and killed an unarmed man in an apartment complex parking lot in northwest Fort Worth, and then fled the area on foot. Witnesses later identified Harris as the shooter, and a Murder warrant was issued the following day for his arrest. Police, working with the U.S. Marshal’s Dallas Ft. Worth Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (DFW-FAST) Task Force, developed information that Harris had boarded a Greyhound bus on Monday, headed for Lordsburg, New Mexico. By the time investigators received this information, the bus had already gone through Abilene on Interstate 20, and was scheduled to stop in Odessa before continuing west. U.S. Marshals in Abilene notified Marshals in Midland, and the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force scrambled to catch up with the bus in Odessa with less than 30 minutes notice. As task force officers approached Odessa, they observed the bus pulling into town as another team of officers arrived at the bus terminal to make the area safe since it was possible that Harris may still be in possession of the murder weapon, a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun.

When the bus parked at the terminal to unload passengers, Harris was the first person to step off the bus. He was met by U.S. Marshals and other task force officers who acted quickly to take him into custody without incident. He had no luggage and was not armed when he was arrested. Harris was transported back to Midland where he was picked up by Fort Worth officials last night.

Robert Almonte, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Texas said, “Thanks to the efficient investigation and coordination by the police detectives and deputy U.S. Marshals in Fort Worth and Abilene, our investigators and task force officers from Midland were able to quickly locate and apprehend this dangerous fugitive without further harm to the citizens of our communities. With this level of cooperation and dedication, justice escapes no one.”

For more information about the U.S. Marshals Service, visit http://www.usmarshals.gov