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November 18, 2019
Mike Barron, Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Vermont (802) 951-6208;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Add Modern-Day Casanova Charged with Murder
to 15 Most Wanted Fugitive List

Reward of up to $25,000 offered for information directly leading to accused killer’s arrest

Leroy HeadleyWashington, DC - The U.S. Marshals intensified their search for a womanizing murder suspect wanted for allegedly killing the mother of their two children in Vermont.

Leroy Headley, 38, has landed on the Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted fugitives list, and authorities are asking the public for information that could lead to his arrest.

“Leroy Headley’s alleged crimes have earned him a spot on this exclusive list we reserve for fugitives we consider the worst of the worst,” said U.S. Marshals Service Director Donald Washington. “We want his elevation to 15 Most Wanted to send a message that our investigation to find him is a top priority. We will use every available resource to bring him to justice.”

On May 3, 2018, Headley allegedly shot and killed Anako Lumumba, 33, in their home in South Burlington, Vermont. One of Headley’s family members contacted police, reporting a call from the suspect about the alleged murder. When authorities arrived at the residence, they found Lumumba dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. On May 4, the South Burlington Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for Headley for the crime of murder. Authorities believe after the crime, Headley fled to Albany, New York, where he abandoned his vehicle. U.S. Marshals believe he could be anywhere. Headley has personal ties in Westmoreland, Jamaica, where he was born and the towns of Negril and Belvedere, Jamaica. He also has ties in Las Vegas, parts of Massachusetts and Florida, and could have associates in Montreal and Toronto, Canada.

“The senseless taking of Anako Lumumba’s life has had a devastating impact on her family and the region – his apprehension remains a top priority,” said U.S. Marshal Bradley Jay LaRose of the District of Vermont. “Not only was Anako a loving mother, she was a nurse who devoted her life to helping others. The Marshals Service will leave no stone unturned during our search for Headley, but we need the public’s help. If anyone has any information into the whereabouts of Headley, we urge you to contact us.”

Headley (aka Lee Hadley, Lee Hadly, Lee Headly, and Derrick Pitts) is a 5-foot-6 black male weighing approximately 170 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has a slight Jamaican accent; he may be sporting a shaved head or dreadlocks. He frequents dating sites and has a track record of womanizing, which may help him hide in plain sight as he forms relationships with women who do not know his true identity.

At the time of Lumumba’s murder, Headley was on court-ordered conditions of release, stemming from a charge of sexual assault of a minor.

A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered by the U.S. Marshals for information leading directly to his arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office, the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-877-WANTED-2, or online via the web or an app at www.usmarshals.gov/tips.

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Leroy Headley

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