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December 19, 2012 DUSM Amanda Lyons, District of South Carolina (803) 765-5479
“Holiday Greetings” Came Early for Orangeburg Murder Suspect

Columbia, SC - Taquann Rashea Morrison was arrested this morning in New York by the U.S. Marshals New York New Jersey Regional Task Force and New York City Police Department. Morrison is the third arrest in a Murder Case from Orangeburg County. Terrance Johnson, Rodsheen Ayer, and Morrison have all been charged with: Murder, Attempted Murder, and Aggravated Assault for a September 10, shooting leaving one person dead and two other injured on Maedrine Street in Orangeburg. Johnson was arrested in September in Mississippi, Ayer was arrested in New York in October, and this morning Morrison has been captured.

Morrison was initially sought in September by Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office. After the discovery the suspects may have fled the area Orangeburg County contacted Operation Intercept (OPIN), the U.S. Marshals task force in Columbia, for assistance on all three suspects. OPIN gladly accepted the call and went to work investigating the whereabouts of these wanted individuals. OPIN utilized their counterparts around the country to aid in the apprehension of these violent fugitives. Morrison was arrested this morning without incident at an associate’s home in Brooklyn. He has been transported to the local jail where he will await extradition to South Carolina.

“The capture of Morrison will bring holiday cheer to the victims, families, and the community of Orangeburg who have feared this violent fugitive. These arrests show, by utilizing the Deputy U.S. Marshals and local law enforcement partners throughout our great country fugitives can attempt to run and hide. Let this be a sign to anyone running from the arms of justice, the U.S. Marshals will work tirelessly to track you down and bring you in.” stated Kelvin Washington, U.S. 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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