Washington – The U.S. Marshals Florida
Regional Fugitive Task Force (Fort Lauderdale team) this morning arrested
James Robert Jones, a fugitive wanted by the Department of Defense and
listed as one of the U.S. Army’s 15 Most Wanted for escape from a federal
prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., announced officials with the U.S. Marshals
Service and U.S. Army.
Jones, a private in the U.S. Army, was convicted of premeditated murder and
aggravated assault in 1974 and was serving a 23-year sentence when he
escaped from the maximum security facility in 1977.
In January 2014, the U.S. Army requested U.S. Marshals Service assistance to
find Jones. USMS National Sex Offender Targeting Center members, along with
an Army Military Police Liaison Team, produced numerous leads in recent
months. New information directed investigators to Deerfield Beach, Fla.,
where task force members took Jones into custody. After he was
fingerprinted, he admitted his identity.
Jones obtained a fraudulent Florida driver’s license in 1981 and used the
name Bruce Walter Keith. On official documents, he changed his birth date
but maintained his true birth year of 1954 and used his actual address of
residence in Deerfield Beach.
Using a facial recognition database, U.S. Marshals investigators working the
fugitive investigation found a positive match for Jones, under his alias
Bruce Walter Keith identity living in Florida. Members of the U.S. Marshals
Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force conducted surveillance on Jones’
residence this morning and followed him to a work location, before
approaching his vehicle and placing him under arrest without incident.
Jones was taken to the Broward Sheriff’s Office for fingerprinting, where
investigators obtained a positive fingerprint match. He is booked into to
the Broward County jail until the U.S. Army takes custody.
“This arrest is an excellent example of the dedication, hard work and great
cooperation of the U.S. Marshals and the Army Military Police Liaison Team
assigned to the targeting center,” said William Snelson, assistant director
of the USMS Investigative Operations Division. “Capturing a cold case
fugitive who has been on the run for almost 37 years is a great arrest for
law enforcement, but it also is comforting to the families of the original
victim to know the person who escaped from custody is now behind bars
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