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Western District of Tennessee - News Releases

October 12, 2016 - For months Cortez Rivers has been wanted for Rape of a Child and Aggravated Sexual Battery. Today the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force brought him to justice.

September 19, 2016 - In a bid to escape justice, a fugitive tried to swim, run and fight his way past law enforcement this morning. But in the end he was unable to escape. The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force and members of the M.P.D Mt. Moriah Precinct Task Force were looking for fugitive Alvertis Brown. Brown had warrants for his arrest on charges including; Rape of a child, Aggravated Sexual Battery, and two charges of Aggravated Assault.

October 07, 2015 - An alleged murderer was brought to justice yesterday by the U.S. Marshals Task Force. On 09/22/15 an arrest warrant issued by Shelby County for 1st Degree Murder for Courtney Crutcher. It is alleged that on 09/02/15, Crutcher killed Ralph Martin and injured Jeremiah Isom with a handgun.

August 19, 2015 - Dyterious Owens was arrested today for an alleged shooting incident that injured several people. On July 26, 2015, several people were shot in Memphis, including an eighty-one year-old woman and a three week old baby. Owens was charged with two counts of Criminal Attempt First Degree Murder and fourteen counts of Aggravated Assault.

July 31, 2015 - An attempted murder suspect’s three year flight from justice has ended today, thanks to the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force. Tamika Jones was wanted for Criminal Attempt First Degree Murder and Aggravated Assault.

September 16, 2014 - An alleged murderer was brought to justice by the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force today. On August 16, Andrew Wooten was shot to death on Keltner Circle in Memphis, TN. A warrant was issued for Antonio Richardson for First Degree Murder for the slaying of Wooten.

September 11, 2014 - Murder suspect Ronald Ellis was located in Jacksonville, FL and was arrested this afternoon after a standoff with law enforcement officers. Ronald Ellis had warrants for his arrest for First Degree Murder and a federal warrant for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution.

May 21, 2014 - Almost six years to the day after Jerome Johnson was arrested for allegedly brandishing a sawed off rifle in front of an elementary school, he has been brought back to justice by U.S. Marshals Task Forces working together.

May 14, 2014 - A hunt for a fugitive led to the recovery of stolen athletic apparel by the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Task Force. On May 13, members of the task force received information that James Parker was in a house located in Memphis, TN. Parker was wanted on an Especially Aggravated Robbery Warrant by Shelby County.

April 24, 2014 - Alleged murder suspect Vintonii Chase was arrested last night by the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force working in conjunction with homicide detectives from the Memphis Police Department.

March 17, 2014 - A first degree murder suspect was arrested in Memphis, Tenn. by the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force. Rodney “Big Head” Jennings was wanted out of Chattanooga, Tenn., on a First Degree Murder Warrant.

February 25, 2014 - Rodrick Walker, who allegedly participated in a violent snatch and grab jewelry store robbery at Wolf Chase Mall earlier this year is in custody tonight thanks to two U.S. Marshals Task Forces.

February 20, 2014 - A mother who allegedly abused her medically troubled child to death is being brought back to Shelby County to face justice thanks to the U.S. Marshals Task Force. Andrea Ruth, aged 12, was neglected by her parents, Errol Johnson and Raven Ruth, to the point she developed gangrene in her legs and passed away. Warrants were issued for Johnson and Ruth for First Degree Murder and Aggravated Child Abuse.

February 20, 2014 - Sydney Jackson, an accused Memphis murderer, fled from Memphis to Wisconsin to Chicago, and was preparing to travel to Nashville when the U.S. Marshals Task Force caught up with him. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Jackson on on January 27, 2014 for the First Degree Murder of Corteras Wilbourn.

February 07, 2014 - Unterio Anderson was arrested in Jacksonville, Florida. He fled the Memphis area but was unable to elude U.S. Marshal Task Forces. Warrants were issued for Anderson by the Memphis Police Department for Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Robbery, Especially Aggravated Kidnapping and Especially Aggravated Robbery.

January 23, 2014 - Stephen Melton had been running for twelve days, sleeping outside in subzero temperatures and avoiding large scale manhunts and helicopters. He was finally arrested tonight by the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, working with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Melton allegedly stole a police car from the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office after being arrested on January 14, 2014.

January 18, 2014 - The accused murderer of Arkansas State Football player Markel Owens was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force. Johnny Wade was wanted for the murder of Owens and Johnny Shivers.

January 10, 2014 - U.S. Marshals announce the arrest of Joshua Trenell and George Bady in Tupelo, Miss. Officers from the Memphis and Oxford offices of the U.S. Marshals Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force teamed up with officers from the Tupelo Police Department and arrested both suspects, who are wanted in connection with the murder of Firdous Mawlawi in Memphis, Tenn.

January 08, 2014 - A warrant for the arrest of Gary Williams had been on the books since 11-15-99. Thanks to the efforts of the U.S. Marshals Gulf Force Regional Fugitive Task Force, that warrant has been served. For several months task force members had been looking for Williams, who had warrants for Possession with intent to distribute Crack Cocaine and Resisting Official Detention.

December 05, 2013 - Alleged murder suspect Christopher Brown was arrested yesterday in Victorville, CA. The Memphis Police Department issued a warrant (First Degree Murder) for Brown on June 24, 2013. Since the warrant was issued, Brown has been on the run. Last month, the case was adopted by agents of the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Task Force.

April 15, 2013 - Yesterday the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, in conjunction with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations, the Lauderdale Sheriff’s Office and the Ripley Police Department, was able to locate and arrest Attempted First Degree Murder suspect Darius Mitchell.

April 04, 2013 - A Memphis murder suspect was arrested after allegedly firing a handgun at law enforcement. Daniel Nesbitt has been on the run since August 2012, when he was named as a suspect in the home invasion style murder of Jenario Taylor.

April 01, 2013 - A man alleged to have represented himself falsely as a deputy U.S. marshal was arrested today by the U.S. Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force. Averick Nickson was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for falsely assuming the identity of a deputy U.S. marshal.

March 21, 2013 - Thanks to the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, first degree murder suspect Keith Brown will face justice today. It is alleged that Keith Brown walked up Marquez Thomas, shook his hand, and ended his life with four gunshots. A warrant was issued for him on 6-27-2006 and he had been a fugitive from justice since that date.

March 19, 2013 - It is over four hundred miles from Memphis, TN to Lexington, KY, but for federal prison escapee Travis Ware it wasn’t far enough. Ware was arrested by the Central Kentucky Fugitive Task Force in Lexington, this morning. Ware had been on the run since Sunday, March 10 when he came up missing from the Federal Prison Camp (FPC) in Millington, TN.

January 10, 2013 - The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force apprehended Travis Weaver today. Weaver, a suspect in a violent crime, was wanted for especially aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery. He was implicated in a Dec. 1, 2012 crime where a male victim was allegedly removed from his car at gunpoint and robbed by two suspects.

November 28, 2012 - The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Task Force tracked a known gang member and suspected bank robber to his sister’s home and arrested him today without incident. Kevin McKinley, dubbed by FBI agents in California as the “Haggler Bandit,” is a suspect in five bank robberies that occurred during the week of Aug. 26, 2012, in the cities of Los Angles, Monrovia and Pasadena, Calif.

July 07, 2010 - The U.S. Marshals Mid-South Fugitive Task arrested Cameron Braswell at the Studio 6 Motel in Memphis, TN. Braswell was wanted for Federal charges of Possession of Firearm by a convicted felon, Possession with Intent to distribute a Controlled Substance and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office warrant for Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Official Detention, Escape from Incarceration, Disorderly Conduct.

May 6, 2010 - The U.S. Marshals Mid-South Fugitive Task Force arrested Antwan Melvin (24) in a North Memphis home. Melvin, a documented member of the “Vice Lords” street gang and was wanted by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on numerous felony charges. Melvin was wanted for three counts of Aggravated Robbery, four counts Criminal-Attempt Aggravated Robbery, three counts of Especially Aggravated Kidnapping, four counts Aggravated Assault, one count Aggravated Burglary, one count of Intentionally Evading Arrest in Auto with Risk of Death and Theft of Property $1000 to $10,000. Melvin was transported to the Shelby County Jail and is being held on a one billion dollar bond.

April 15, 2010 - This morning U.S. Marshals Mid-South Fugitive Task delivered a birthday surprise when they arrested Tiffany Upkins (30) on charges of Theft by receiving and Fraudulent use of a Credit Card which occurred in Arkansas. Upkins’ charges stemmed from offenses she allegedly committed while on a three month nationwide crime spree with Cassandra Henry also known as the “Big Mamma Bandit.” Herny and husband Corry were arrested in Claremont, CA last week for robbing the elderly in the Mid-South region. Upkins remained on the run until today when MSFTF arrested her at the Starlight Motel. Today is Upkins’ 30th Birthday. When U.S. Marshals arrested Upkins she stated, “I just wanted to stay out and celebrate my birthday.” Upkins was transported to the Jail East where she will await extradition back to Arkansas.

April 8, 2010 - Cassandra Henry and husband Corry Henry were arrested in Claremont, CA by Claremont Police Department. Corry Henry was wanted for violating his Federal Supervised Release. Cassandra Henry was wanted for numerous violent felony acts against the elderly. Acting on information provided by U.S. Marshals Mid-South Fugitive Task Force both were taken into custody without incident.

March 1, 2010 - In 2009, the U.S. Marshals Mid-South Fugitive Task Force makes a record number of arrests for the year. According to 2009 fugitive performance measures reports the Task Force arrested 301 fugitives and cleared 400 warrants, 30 of which were Homicide fugitives. All warrants cleared were violent felony warrants. The Task Force has increased in size, with the addition of West Memphis Police Department. The Task Force is on pace of having another record setting year for 2010.

February 10, 2010 - Today, the U.S. Marshals Mid-South Fugitive Task Force arrested Shaun Murphy (28) for Federal Pre-Trial release Violation. Murphy’s original charge was Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Counterfeiting. During the arrest, Task Force members seized approximately $560.00 of counterfeit U.S. currency. Murphy was arrested in the Jamesbridge Apartment complex in North Memphis without incident, and transported the U.S. Marshals Cellblock. is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice