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For Immediate Release

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March 22, 2013 SDUSM Mike Potter, Middle District of North Carolina (336) 332-8704
U.S. Marshals Take Down Suspected Murderer

Winston-Salem, NC – This afternoon, Michael Gerald Wesley, 34, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force (JFTF) and the Winston-Salem Police Department (WSPD). Wesley is a “Baltimore City Most Wanted Fugitive” and had warrants out of Baltimore, Maryland for First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, First Degree Assault, Second Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment and Use of Dangerous Weapon with Intent of Causing Injury.

Through surveillance and other investigative techniques, JFTF located Wesley at a bus stop. Wesley attempted to conceal his identity by hiding his face and he retreated into a local business in an attempt to evade capture. Prior to reaching the back door to escape, Deputy U.S. Marshals apprehended Wesley inside the local business without incident.

In Baltimore, Maryland, officers responded to a 911 call for a non-breathing subject on March 14, 2013. Upon arrival, officers were advised by medical personnel on the scene that the subject was deceased.

Officers observed a woman lying on the floor in a pool of blood with an astonishing amount of stab wounds to her back. It is believed that the victim, who allegedly was an acquaintance of Wesley’s, had been killed prior to the day that the body was discovered. Witnesses identified Wesley as the person who allegedly stabbed the victim with a knife. It was later discovered that Wesley allegedly set fire to a vehicle in an attempt to destroy evidence that may have tied him to the murder.

This is the third homicide or attempted homicide suspect arrested by JFTF this week in unrelated incidences.

The U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force for the Middle District of North Carolina is comprised of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, Chapel Hill Police Department, Durham Police Department, Greensboro Police Department, High Point Police Department, Winston Salem Police Department, Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety Probation and Parole Division and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

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

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