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For Immediate Release

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September 30, 2010 DUSM James Badway, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2344
Southwest Investigative Fugitive Team Arrests Vernon Wesley Caldwell
Albuquerque, NM – On Tuesday September 28, 2010, members of the United States Marshals Service, Southwest Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT), arrested Vernon Wesley Caldwell (59), alias Vernon Grimm, at the Marriott Hotel in northeast Albuquerque.

Caldwell was arrested on a probation violation for absconding from the state of Ohio. Deputy Marshals in Ohio received a tip early Tuesday morning that Vernon Caldwell fled to New Mexico and was staying at the Marriott Hotel in Albuquerque. U.S. Marshals in Albuquerque were immediately notified and responded to the hotel. When Deputies knocked on Caldwell’s room he answered the door and told Deputies he was Vernon Grimm. Vernon Grimm is one of Caldwell’s 30 aliases. Along with his aliases Caldwell has used 8 different dates of birth and 7 different social security numbers. Once in the hotel room Deputies found several different fraudulent identification cards, credit cards under different identities, fraudulent gift cards, photo shop programs for his computer to assist in creating fake identification and a computer. These items were seized and tagged as evidence. Caldwell was taken into Federal custody without incident and awaits transportation back to Ohio.

In 2003, Caldwell was featured as one of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Most Wanted for Bank Fraud. He was subsequently arrested on that charge. In 1994, Caldwell escaped from prison and was charged with Escape from Custody, he escaped from FPC Prison in Nellis, Nevada. Caldwell’s criminal and fraudulent activities cover coast to coast to include the states of: Florida, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Minnesota, Washington, Texas, Colorado, Ohio, Nevada, Arizona, and now New Mexico.

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of approximately 34,000 federal fugitives. More federal fugitives are arrested by Marshals than all other federal agencies combined.

The Southwest Investigative Fugitive Team is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from: New Mexico State Police; New Mexico Department of Corrections; Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office; Las Cruces Police Department; Albuquerque Police Department; Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office; Rio Rancho Police Department; Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office; Santa Fe Police Department; San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest all Violent Offenders. Last year, U.S. Marshals task forces arrested more than 27,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

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