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For Immediate Release

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January 20, 2012 Eastern District of California
Deputy Jason Ferrell (559) 487-5559
Arrest of Homicide Suspect

Visalia, CA Ė U.S. Marshal Albert Najera, of the Eastern District of California, announced today that 31 year old, Richard Lamont Hinton, was arrested on January 19, 2012 by the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force (PSWRFTF), Fresno Division. This subject was wanted by Los Angeles Police Department for the crime of Murder.

On November 25, 2011, Richard Hinton along with his friend Jabari Tate were attending a social gathering in the city of Los Angeles, CA. It is alleged that Hinton suddenly produced a knife and began stabbing the victim repeatedly in the torso. The victimís girlfriend tried to intervene and received a stab wound to her forearm. At some point Jabari Tate tried to stop the attack and was able to disarm Hinton. The victim and his girlfriend were eventually able to escape out the front door, while Hinton and Tate ran out the back door and fled in their vehicle. The victim was driven to Saint Francis Hospital for medical treatment, but eventually succumbed to his injuries.

Task force officers from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) received information from LAPD Detectives suggesting that Hinton could possibly be staying at a residence on West Diamond Street in the city of Tulare, CA. The task force immediately concentrated its resources and began conducting numerous hours of surveillance at this location.

On January 19, 2012, officers observed three males exit the West Diamond Street residence with one matching Hintonís description. All three males got into a grey Dodge Magnum and drove away. Task force officers began to follow the vehicle and eventually pulled it over at the bottom of Highway 198 and Akers Boulevard in the city of Visalia, CA. California Highway Patrol and Visalia Police Department arrived on scene and assisted the task force. All occupants were removed from the vehicle and placed in handcuffs until they could be positively identified. Although uncooperative, Richard Lamont Hinton was positively identified and placed under arrest.

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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