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For Immediate Release

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March 03, 2013 Chris Bozeman, Lone Star Fugitive Task Force
Deputy U.S. Marshal/Public Information Officer (PIO)
Western District of Texas – San Antonio (210) 271-2507
Drug Deal Gone Bad
Fugitive Arrested On Allegations of 1st Degree Murder

LSFTF logoSan Antonio, TX – Ronnell Williams, 27, was arrested yesterday afternoon by the Dallas Fort Worth Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (DFW FAST) in Dallas, Texas without incident. An arrest warrant was sought by the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD), where it is alleged that Williams committed 1st degree murder.

On March 1, 2013, the SAPD contacted the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (LSFTF) to assist in the search for Williams. Task force officers determined that Williams fled from San Antonio to Dallas. The LSFTF contacted the DFW FAST for assistance in locating and apprehending Williams. Yesterday afternoon, members of the DFW FAST determined that Williams was hiding out with his girlfriend, Leah Yanchik, 27, in Dallas. Task force officers conducted a brief surveillance and later observed Williams and Yanchik traveling in a rental car together. Task force officers stopped the vehicle and Williams was immediately arrested. Charges have not yet been filed against Yanchik for assisting Williams.

On February 14, 2013, Williams and DeVante Jackson, 19, were allegedly involved in a shooting that resulted in the death of Anthony Melvin, 27. The shooting took place at a home in the 2600 block of Corina Glen in San Antonio, Texas. The shooting was allegedly due to a drug deal gone bad. Williams and Jackson were both seen leaving the scene of the murder in Williams’ white Dodge Charger. The vehicle was later recovered at a body shop after being dropped off for a paint job. Jackson was arrested a few days after the murder, but Williams went on the run and was a fugitive until he was arrested yesterday afternoon. Williams will be extradited back to San Antonio to face 1st degree murder charges.

Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, stated, “Williams was another violent fugitive that we needed to arrest quickly before he could hurt or kill someone else. Thanks to the joint efforts of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force and the Dallas Fort Worth Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team, who wasted no time in finding Williams and putting him behind bars.”

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force:

  • New Braunfels Police Department
  • San Antonio Police Department
  • San Antonio Independent School District Police Department
  • Bexar County Sheriff’s Office
  • Comal County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office
  • Bexar County District Attorney’s Office
  • Texas Office of The Attorney General
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Office of the Inspector General
  • U.S. Marshals Service

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

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