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For Immediate Release

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January 25, 2011 SDUSM Chris A. Riley, Southern District of Ohio
(513) 684-3594
SOFAST Continues to Make the Streets Safer for all Citizens

Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton, Ohio – Cathy Jones, United States Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio, announced today information about the success of the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) in making the streets of southern Ohio safer for everyone. From January 3rd through January 21st of this year, the SOFAST units in all three core cities have arrested a multitude of violent offenders who have been preying on the public. This includes five homicide suspects in the Dayton area, three homicide suspects in the Columbus area and in Cincinnati, two suspects charged in a home invasion robbery, a subject charged with soliciting minors over the internet, and another subject who fired numerous shots into a business after he had a dispute with the business owner.

In Columbus, SOFAST arrested Dominic Berry on January 14th on a murder charge from Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Then on January 19th they arrested Lindsey Wright and Keith Wright on a homicide charge stemming from New Year’s Day shooting in Clairton, Pennsylvania. All three subjects had sought safe haven in Columbus after allegedly committing homicides in Pennsylvania.

In Cincinnati, Darrell Warfield was arrested on January 3rd after he allegedly got into an altercation with a convenience store clerk who refused to sell him more beer in his intoxicated state. Warfield left the store, returned a short time later, and fired numerous rounds into the store front. On January 5th, Yowceph Israel was arrested on charges of using electronic means to entice a minor to engage in sexual activities. After a home invasion robbery occurred in Avondale on January 11th, police identified two suspects, Rashad Muhummed and Ronae Gardner. SOFAST began the search for the two suspects and arrested both on January 14th.

In Dayton, SOFAST has been very successful this month as they have located and arrested five individuals sought by different jurisdictions on homicide charges. On January 11th, Stephon Swain was arrested after he allegedly killed an individual in a gang related murder in Harrison Township. On January 14th, Adam Eggers was located and arrested on a homicide charge stemming from Springfield Ohio. Scottie Gilbreath and Alandre Gilbreath were then arrested on a homicide charge from Springfield, after SOFAST found them hiding with family members in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. This information was relayed to the U.S. Marshals, Northstar Fugitive Task Force who arrested both individuals. Finally, on January 21st, the Dayton SOFAST arrested George Turner after he was charged with the brutal beating and murder of Deonta Beans on December 3rd.

U.S. Marshal Jones stated, ”The arrests of these dangerous fugitives highlight the importance of cooperation not only between federal, state, and local law enforcement, but also with Crime Stoppers, our media partners, and the citizens who have taken a stand against this senseless violence.”

SOFAST is a fugitive focused, U.S. Marshals led task force consisting of, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies including the Franklin County Sheriffs, Delaware County Sheriffs, Montgomery County Sheriffs, Preble County Sheriffs, Miami County Sheriffs, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Columbus Police Department, Cincinnati Police Department, Dayton Police Department, Springfield Police Department, Worthington Police Department, Reynoldsburg Police Department, South Bloomfield Police Department, Grove City Police Department, German Township Police Department, Germantown Police Department, Greenville Police Department, Miamisburg Police Department, Moraine Police Department, New Lebanon Police Department, Trotwood Police Department, Columbus Division of Fire, Green County Prosecutors Office, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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

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