Columbia, SC - Lamonte Hill (AKA: “Nick”) was located
and taken into custody by Operation Intercept (OPIN), the U.S. Marshals fugitive
apprehension task force, in the wee hours of Friday morning at a friend’s home
on Hidden Pines Road in Columbia. OPIN received a request from the Capital Area
Regional Task Force for assistance in locating and arresting Hill on August 8.
OPIN began interviewing known associates in the Columbia area and developed
information leading them to believe Hill may be hiding out in the North East
area of Columbia.
Early Friday morning, OPIN Deputy Marshals, along with task force officers from
Lexington, Richland, and Orangeburg County set up surveillance on a friend’s
home in the Hidden Pines Road area. Deputy U.S. Marshals believed Hill may have
been hiding inside one of the homes and approached the residence. After a brief
wait of knocking at the door, Hill opened the door and was taken into custody
without incident. Hill has been transported to the Matthew J. Perry Federal
Courthouse where he will receive and arraignment and bond hearing later today.
“Hill is wanted in connection with the stabbing and shooting death of Brian
Bloomfield on June 11. Bloomfield was assaulted, stabbed, shot, and left for
dead after an altercation with Hill and others. Capital authorities exhausted
all possible leads in the Washington, DC Metro Area prior to contacting OPIN.
The gruesome death of Bloomfield is why OPIN and our local partners endeavor to
bring every wanted fugitive to justice. Hill will be extradited back to stand
for his heinous crimes.” stated Kelvin Washington, US Marshal for the District
of South Carolina.
Established in 1789, the United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest
federal law enforcement agency. In fiscal 2011, the Marshals arrested more than
36,200 federal fugitives, clearing 39,400 felony warrants and arrested 12,144
sex offenders. Marshal’s Service-led task forces like South Carolina’s Operation
Intercept arrested 86,400 state and local fugitives, clearing 113,300 felony
warrants. Locally, Operation Intercept arrested over 2,500 South Carolina
fugitives during that same period.
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