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February 08, 2013 Deputy U.S. Marshal Garrett Hawk
Eastern District of Louisiana (504) 589-3131
One of Pinellas County's Most Violent Fugitives Captured in New Orleans Metro Area

New Orleans, LA – U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Louisiana Genny May announced that Jamal Jenkins, 25, was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force (New Orleans Division) at an apartment complex on Hessmer Avenue in Metairie, La., without incident today. Jenkins was considered the number one most wanted man in Pinellas County, Fla., with a reward of up to $50,000 being offered for information leading to his arrest. With law enforcement officials hot on his trail, he had threatened to go down in a "blaze of glory."

Jenkins was wanted by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office for two counts of murder. He is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Destynee Burkes, 24, by killing her execution-style, then killing a man, Tieyannie Hollis, in what detectives believe was a deadly love triangle.

Jenkins is currently being held in the Jefferson Parish Jail pending extradition to Pinellas County.

The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force (New Orleans Division) is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, New Orleans Police Department, St Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, Kenner Police Department, St Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Probation and Parole, Slidell Police Department, and U.S. Border Patrol. The task force’s objective is to seek out and arrest violent felony fugitives and sex offenders across the Eastern District of Louisiana.

In fiscal year 2012, the U.S. Marshals apprehended more than 36,200 federal fugitives, clearing approximately 39,400 felony warrants. Working with authorities at the federal, state, and local levels, U.S. Marshals-led fugitive task forces arrested more than 86,700 state and local fugitives, clearing 114,000 state and local felony warrants.

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

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