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For Immediate Release

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December 20, 2011 Eastern District of California
Deputy Timothy Merrell (559) 487-5572
Arrest of Alleged Murder Suspects

PSWRFTF LogoFresno, CA – U.S. Marshal Albert Najera, of the Eastern District of California, announced today that the U.S. Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force (PSWRFTF) Fresno Division, arrested 33 year old Jennifer Case, and 39 year old Henry Eliseo Renteria. Both are wanted by the Fresno Police Department for the Murder of 19 year old Michael James Mitchell of Fresno. Renteria was also wanted by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) for violating his conditions of parole.

On December 5, 2011, Michael James Mitchell was found dead, with trauma to his body, in the alley of the 1300 block of E. Harvard Avenue in Fresno. According to Detectives with the Fresno Police Department, the victim and suspect had been involved in a disturbance prior to the murder.

On December 19, 2011, California State Parole Agents, members of the PSWRFTF Fresno Division, developed information that Renteria was staying in the Visalia California area. Task Force Officers and Deputy US Marshals conducted surveillance of the residence, taking Renteria into custody without incident. Further information was developed that Case was staying in Tulare California area. Members of the PSWRFTF were able to identify a possible residence and took Case into custody shortly thereafter. Both were later booked into the Fresno County Jail on Murder charges.

The Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force is a U.S. Marshals-sponsored partnership comprised of investigators from federal, state, and local agencies. The main objective of the task force is to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, drug crimes, sex offenders, and other felonies. More fugitives are arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service than all other federal agencies combined. In 2010 investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals Service resulted in the apprehension of over 36, 000 federal fugitives and more than 81,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

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

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