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For Immediate Release

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April 22, 2013 Brad M. Fleming, Deputy U.S. Marshal (614) 469-5540
Task Force Nabs Suspect in West Virginia Double Shooting

Columbus, OH – U.S. Marshal Patrick Sedoti of the Southern District of Ohio announces the arrest of Antonio Collins of Charleston, WV. The 32 year old Collins was arrested late Saturday by the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) on two counts of Attempted Murder. Marshals in Ohio picked up Collins’ trail after receiving tips from fellow Marshals in West Virginia leading to the fugitive’s location. Collins was wanted by authorities in Kanawa County, WV for allegedly shooting two men in a vicious convenience store scuffle.

Early Saturday morning, Collins entered a Charleston, WV 7-11 convenience store and quickly became involved in a verbal confrontation with a pair of men. While one of the men tried to de-escalate the situation, Collins allegedly shot both before casually leaving the store. Both men survived the shooting and remain hospitalized in Charleston area hospitals.

Columbus based Marshals and Task Force officers from SOFAST acted swiftly after learning that Collins was likely in the Columbus area, arresting him without incident on Walnut Creek Drive on the city’s east side.

Columbus SOFAST is a fugitive focused, United States Marshals Service led task force consisting of local, state, and federal authorities including the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Columbus Police Department, Gahanna Police Department, Genoa Township Police Department, Reynoldsburg Police Department, Shawnee Hills Police Department, Lancaster Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, United States Department of Agriculture, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States Secret Service, and the United States Attorney’s Office.

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

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