Phoenix, AZ – Cameron Leezell
Taylor, 26, was taken into custody tonight by Deputy U.S. Marshals
and Task Force Officers at an apartment complex in Phoenix, Arizona.
Taylor was wanted by the Phoenix Police Department on allegations of
attempted murder, aggravated assault, endangerment, assisting a
criminal street gang and a drive-by shooting. Taylor was also wanted
by the U.S. Marshals in Arizona for unlawful flight to avoid
prosecution, and was added to the Marshals Top 15 Most Wanted list
in June of this year.
On March 23, 2009, Taylor, along with two other gang members,
allegedly drove through a south Phoenix neighborhood in an attempt
to locate and murder rival gang members including a pregnant female.
The targeted gang members were located in a vehicle and Taylor,
along with two other fellow gang members allegedly opened fire,
striking the vehicle several times. In the process, 54 year old
Gilbert Leon, who was returning home from visiting his parents and
spending time with his nephew, was passing by in his vehicle and was
struck by a stray bullet which killed him instantly. One of the
targeted individuals was struck in the back and a stray bullet
struck another passing vehicle. Other drivers were also caught in
the crossfire during the shooting, but no one else sustained
“Fugitives like Taylor who are alleged to show such lack of regard
for human life hold a permanent place at the forefront of our
investigations,” said U.S. Marshal David Gonzales from the District
of Arizona. “What they fail to realize is that the importance of
their capture does not diminish as time passes, rather it only
increases public awareness and law enforcement initiative to
The United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal
law enforcement agency. Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50
percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants
than all other federal agencies combined.
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