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For Immediate Release

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April 28, 2011 Deputy Brian Hilsinger,
Southern District of Ohio (513) 684-3594
Homicide Suspects from West Virginia Arrested in Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH –   United States Marshal Cathy J. Jones announces the arrest of Thomas Grantham and James Cross Jr. by the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST).  Grantham, 35 years of age, and Cross Jr., 32 years of age, are wanted for Murder and Attempted Murder based on charges in West Virginia.  It is alleged that on April 23, 2011, Grantham and Cross Jr. were involved in an argument with two individuals at a nightclub in Martinsburg, WV.  The suspects followed the two individuals out of the club and down the street at which time they stabbed the two individuals. One of the victims died as a result of the wounds.

On the evening of April 27, 2011, SOFAST and United States Marshals from the Northern District of West Virginia developed information that Grantham and Cross Jr. were hiding out in the Elmwood Place neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio.  Task Force Officers and Cincinnati Police’s District 5 officers located the suspects in a residence on Van Kirk Avenue.   The suspects were arrested without incident.

U.S. Marshal Cathy Jones stated, “The diligent investigation conducted by West Virginia law enforcement provided our local task force officers with incredibly accurate information which led to the fugitives' swift and safe arrests”.
  
SOFAST is a multi-jurisdictional task force comprised of the U.S. Marshals, Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, U.S. Department of Agriculture OIG, Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

U.S. Marshals are the nation’s primary fugitive hunting organization and capture more federal fugitives each year than all other law enforcement agencies combined. 

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

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