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For Immediate Release

Contact:
May 06, 2014 Adam D. Wilkinson, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Middle District of Florida - Tampa (813) 283-8238;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
$5,000 Reward Offered for the Location and Arrest of Christopher Ponce
Fugitive Wanted for DUI Manslaughter

Tampa, FL – The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the location and arrest of fugitive Christopher Ponce, wanted by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding arrest warrant for DUI manslaughter.

Ponce, 24, was last known to reside in Tampa under house arrest, but on May 9, 2013, he cut off his GPS ankle monitor and fled.

On July 19, 2012, Ponce was traveling south in the northbound lanes of I-275 in Tampa when his vehicle collided with another, killing the driver and injuring two passengers. Ponce was arrested for DUI and later charged with DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, DUI with serious bodily injury, and reckless driving.
Ponce could be anywhere across the U.S. or beyond. The U.S. Marshals Service reminds the public not to attempt to apprehend Ponce, but to report any information to the U.S. Marshals Service or their local police. To speak with the case agents, Deputy U.S. Marshal Jared Whitis or Task Force Officer Ron Simpson, please call the U.S. Marshals in Tampa at (813) 415-1967.

Since the inception of the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force in 2008, these partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies have resulted in more than 6,000 arrests of fugitives wanted for murder, assault, sex offender registration violations, probation and parole violations and numerous other serious offenses. Nationally, U.S. Marshals Service fugitive investigations are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, seven regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.

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

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