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For Immediate Release

Contact:
October 02, 2012 Marty R. West, Supervisory Inspector
Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (850) 942-8395;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Arrests St. Petersburg Juvenile for 1st Degree Homicide

Tallahassee, FL – The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (FRFTF) today announced the arrest of Franco Thomas, 14 years of age from St. Petersburg, FL for First Degree Murder. Thomas was currently being sought by authorities in St. Petersburg after investigators determined that Thomas and a Co-Defendant committed an armed robbery of a 21 year old victim in the 3600 block of Sea Robin Drive SE, St. Petersburg, FL. During the robbery a struggle ensued and Thomas is alleged to have beaten the victim about the head and throat with a shotgun killing the victim. Thomas and his accomplice then fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle. Investigation by FRFTF Tampa indicated that Thomas fled the St. Petersburg area and was possibly staying with family friends in Tallahassee. On 10/02/2012 at approximately 4:00PM FRFTF members spotted Thomas playing cards in front of a residence in the 1500 block of Elberta Drive, Tallahassee, FL. FRFTF members requested K9 units from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Tallahassee Police Department and upon arrival of the two K9 units approached the residence. Thomas was apprehended by task force members as he attempted to flee the residence and was transported to the Leon County Juvenile Assessment Center. Thomas will be held in Leon County until he is transported back to St. Petersburg, FL where he will face Capital Felony charges of 1st Degree Homicide as an adult.

The Tallahassee Division of the FRFTF is comprised of state and local law enforcement officers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Leon County State Attorney’s Office, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Perry Police Department, Tallahassee Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, and the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office.

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

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