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For Immediate Release

Contact:
August 01, 2013 Dominic Guadagnoli
Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (850) 554-6602;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Capture Escambia County Murder Suspect
Two Other Escambia Fugitives also Captured by Marshals

Fort Walton Beach, FL – The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force caught up with a 17 year-old from Pensacola who is a suspect in a shooting which resulted in a homicide and another man wounded which occurred two days ago at The Pines Apartments in the Warrington area of Escambia County. The juvenile that reportedly lives in Navarre is being charged with 2nd Degree Murder in the death of 17-year-old Ledarrious Ramone Washington. The 17-year old is also being charged with 2 counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Investigators requested help from the Marshals fugitive task force yesterday evening after identifying the proposed shooter and a warrant was issued. Task Force members from Escambia, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Offices rallied in Fort Walton Beach after quickly discerning that the suspect may be in Okaloosa County. Late last night they found the apartment complex on Bayou View Drive in Fort Walton Beach where he was supposedly hiding. After some surveillance an unknown female left the apartment in a car and task force officers followed. The driver stopped at another address in Fort Walton Beach and picked up a person that appeared to be the wanted fugitive. Task Officers and Okaloosa K9 followed the car again then decided to stop it. Both occupants were detained and the passenger was positively identified as the suspected shooter. The Task Force had arrested the murder suspect earlier this year when he was wanted by Okaloosa County for grand theft of a firearm. He is currently being held in the Okaloosa County Juvenile Detention Center pending first appearance.

Two other Escambia fugitives were also arrested earlier this morning, one in Selma, Ala., the other in Pensacola. Rebecca Annice Porter, 34, has warrants with Escambia for kidnapping and assault. The Marshals in Pensacola found that Porter was living in Selma yesterday morning and contacted Marshals from the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force who arrested the Pensacola woman at a house on Mabry Street around 8 a.m. today. The Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force then arrested 22 year-old Dante DeVaughn after a foot pursuit and having to tase him numerous times while resisting and struggling with task force officers and Escambia Patrol Deputies who assisted. DeVaughn is wanted for robbery with a weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and violation of probation. He violated his probation by failing to register as a sex offender. DeVaughn is now being charged with resisting without violence.

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

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