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For Immediate Release

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September 7, 2010

Dominic Guadagnoli, Public Affairs Officer

Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (850) 554-6602

USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065

U.S. Marshals Task Force Apprehend Alleged ‘Gangster Disciple’ Fugitive after Standoff

Pensacola, FL – The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested a Pensacola man who is wanted in both Ft. Lauderdale and Escambia County after hours of negotiations during a standoff Tuesday night.

Jimmy Eugene Suarez is said to be affiliated with a gang known as the ‘Gangster Disciples’. Last night, around 7 o’clock both the Sheriff’s Office and the Task Force received information that Suarez was in a house on Myrtle Hill Circle, in Pensacola. Patrol Deputies, a K-9 Officer and Task Force members from the Escambia Sheriff’s Office and the FDLE responded to that location and spotted a vehicle that Suarez was reported to have been driving at the residence. Shortly after investigators verified that Suarez was in the home and learned that Suarez’s mother and two young children were also in the home. During this time Suarez reportedly made threats to shoot law enforcement officers and himself if they tried to arrest him. Task Force investigators attempted ordering Suarez out of the residence to surrender peacefully for over two hours. At about 10:30 p.m. a relative assisted the officers by negotiating with Suarez on a cell phone until Suarez finally walked out the front door and was taken into custody without further incident. It was verified that the other occupants were at the residence were but were unharmed.

Suarez is wanted by the U.S. Marshals in Ft. Lauderdale on a warrant for violating his Supervised Release from a 2004 arrest when he was convicted of Possession of Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking Crime and was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison and five years of supervised release. Suarez is also wanted in Escambia County for Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon causing Bodily Harm or Disability. There is reportedly a pending warrant with the Sheriff’s Office for Aggravated Battery as well.

Suarez was transported to Escambia County Jail and booked on the ECSO warrants, and a federal hold was placed on the warrant from Ft. Lauderdale.