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December 20, 2010 Richard L. Ploof, Supervisory Deputy (206) 370-8606
U.S. Marshals Arrest Tacoma Murder Suspect

Seattle, WA – Mark Ericks, United States Marshal for the Western District of Washington, announces the arrest of Olujimi A. Blakeney. The subject was wanted for the shooting death of Lisa Melancon in Tacoma, Washington on July 22, 2010. Following the murder of Ms. Melancon, an intense investigation led to the identification of three suspects. Blakeney was the last of three suspects arrested and charged with murder in this case. Marshals Service personnel in the Northern District of California arrested Blakeney at an apartment complex in Carmichael, California earlier this afternoon.

Information was developed by Pacific Northwest Fugitive Apprehension Task Force (PNWFAT) personnel that Blakeney was in the Carmichael, California area. Additional information was developed by PNWFAT personnel and provided to United States Marshals Service (USMS) personnel in Northern California. USMS personnel, along with deputies from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, found Blakeney hiding in an apartment in Carmichael, California and placed him under arrest without incident.

Once again, the dedicated men and women of the US Marshals Service, state, and local law enforcement agencies prove that working in a partnership with the common goal of improving public safety pays off”, said U.S. Marshal Mark Ericks of the Western District of Washington.

The Pacific Northwest Fugitive Apprehension Task Force is a U.S. Marshals-sponsored partnership comprised of investigators from the King County Sheriff’s Office, Seattle Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Vancouver Police Department, Washington State Department of Corrections, the U.S. Social Security Administration’s Inspector General, the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service and the U.S. Marshals Service. The task force concentrates apprehension efforts to remove federal, state and local fugitives from the streets with the objective of disrupting illegal gang, gun and drug activity in the Pacific Northwest and reducing the amount of violence in the region.

For more information about the U.S. Marshals Service, visit http://www.usmarshals.gov  or U.S.
Marshal’s Western Washington Web site at www.usmarshals.gov/district/wa-w.

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