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For Immediate Release

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May 13, 2014 Steve Hetherington, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Western Michigan (616) 732-2710
U.S. Marshals Task Force Captures South Carolina Escapee in West Michigan

Grand Rapids, MI – The U.S. Marshals and the Michigan State Police in Western Michigan announce the arrest of a South Carolina man who is wanted for escape in South Carolina.

Dallas Norman Smallwood, 58, is accused of escaping from the Anderson County Stockade on Oct. 3, 1977. Smallwood was sentenced to five years in prison in Anderson County, S.C., in April 1977, for housebreaking, grand larceny and receiving stolen goods.

Investigators from the Marshals’ Operation Intercept Task Force in South Carolina adopted the fugitive case in June of 2013. The investigation led the task force to Texas, Kentucky and eventually Michigan, where it was determined Smallwood was using the name Waylon Wilson. The Deputy Marshals and Michigan State Troopers from the USMS Joint Fugitive Task Force in Western Michigan joined the investigation in early May, and developed further information on Smallwood. Surveillance and database checks by the task force in western Michigan revealed Smallwood was likely staying with an associate at an address in Zeeland.

The Task Force made contact at the residence in Zeeland and arrested Smallwood without incident Monday at approximately 4 p.m. Smallwood initially denied his identity and had in his possession false identification documents in the name of Waylon Wilson. His true identity was confirmed through fingerprint comparison at the Ottawa County Jail.

Smallwood is currently being held at the Ottawa County Jail awaiting extradition back to South Carolina on his felony escape charges.

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

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