Timothy Joseph McGhee

Timothy Joseph McGhee captured.

February 13, 2003

Contact: United States Marshals Service/Los Angeles Regional Fugitive Task Force
(213) 894-1854


Timothy Joseph McGhee, a northeast Los Angeles gang leader wanted by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in connection with as many as a dozen killings, and one of the United States Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted fugitives, was arrested earlier today in Bullhead City, Arizona.

McGhee, age 29, had been charged by the Marshals Service with the federal offense of Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution. The federal charges are based on McGhee's efforts to elude capture and prosecution in connection with an arrest warrant that was issued in June, 2000 charging him with the murder of 16-year-old Ryan Gonzales. McGhee allegedly killed Gonzales simply because Gonzales happened to share the same nickname that McGhee uses. McGhee is also a suspect in a string of brutal murders that have been committed since then, including the murder of a 17-year-old boy who was sketching a picture at the Los Angeles River near the gang's stronghold in Atwater Village and a young mother of two who was killed because of the type of vehicle that she was driving.

Investigators familiar with the investigation believe that McGhee continued to influence the activities of the Toonerville gang while he was on the run, and was still involved in their criminal enterprises which include drug trafficking, firearms violations, and other offenses, including the use of murder and threats of violence to dissuade rival gang members, potential witnesses and unsuspecting citizens.

On the afternoon of February 12, 2003, investigators from the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force and Deputy United States Marshals from the Districts of Nevada and Arizona developed information that McGhee was possibly residing in an apartment complex on Ramar Street in Bullhead City. Follow-up investigation led to a second residence on Brill Street in Bullhead City that was also known to be associated with McGhee.

After approximately 20 hours of surveillance at both locations, investigators observed McGhee come out of the residence on Brill Street and get into a vehicle driven by a female associate. Investigators maintained surveillance of the vehicle until marked units from the Bullhead City Police Department were in place to effect a felony vehicle stop. McGhee offered no resistance and was taken into custody without incident. He was booked at the Mohave County Jail in Kingman, Arizona pending extradition to Los Angeles.


Original Press Release :

Gang leader and murder suspect gains a spot on Marshals "15 Most Wanted" List

Timothy Joseph McGhee is on run from the law. But his days on the lam are numbered, since his face and name recently earned a spot on the U.S. Marshals "15 Most Wanted" fugitive list.

MCGHEE, 29, is wanted on a June 3, 2000 murder charge by the Los Angeles Police Department. He is also wanted by the U.S. Marshals in the Central District of California for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Additionally, the California fugitive is wanted for questioning in connection with 12 other murders between June 2000 and November 2001.

"Such violent fugitives are given the highest priority by the Marshals Service because of their potential to harm innocent citizens while they remain at large", said Assistant Director Robert J. Finan, II, head of Marshals Service Investigations Services Division.

MCGHEE, a.k.a. Huero or Eskimo, is a Hispanic male. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 190 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes, and is a leader of a Los Angeles-area gang called Toonerville. No other physical characteristics, such as tatoos or scars, are known. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information relating to this dangerous fugitive is asked to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office or call Marshals Service Headquarters at 800-366-0102.

Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all federal law enforcement agencies combined. Last year the U.S. Marshals cleared 38,249 federal fugitive warrants. For more information on this and other major cases, go to www.usmarshals.gov/.

Anyone with information relating to this dangerous fugitive is asked to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals Service office or the Marshals Service Headquarters at 800-336-0102 or 202-307-9000.