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For Immediate Release

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August 10, 2012 DUSM Amanda Lyons, District of South Carolina (803) 765-5479
Nation’s Capital Murder Suspect In Custody Thanks to U.S. Marshals

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.

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

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