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July 20,2004 District of Rhode Island - Deputy U.S. Marshal Charles Wyant (401) 528-5300


The capture this afternoon one of  New England’s most notorious criminal fugitives, Timi Wallace, came less than a month after U.S. Marshals added his name to their worldwide “15 Most Wanted” list.  Wallace, 32, was arrested without incident at 1:10 p.m., on Bruner Avenue in a Jamaican neighborhood of Bronx, New York.

 In making the arrest, members of two Marshals fugitive task forces pulled Wallace from a car and discovered he had an 8-inch Bowie knife next to him. “We were delighted to help get this guy off the street,” said Supervisory Deputy C.J. Wyant, District of Rhode Island. “With his known violent criminal history, we weren’t surprised he was armed, we’re just glad the community and our Deputies are safe.”

The Jamaican-born Wallace is a narcotics trafficker wanted for the alleged murder of his brother in Boston, and in connection with the subsequent robbery of a licensed firearms dealer at gunpoint in Providence, Rhode Island.  Police in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as well as the U.S. Marshals and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were seeking Wallace on numerous charges. 

After a four-year search by other law enforcement agencies, an appeal to the U.S. Marshals by New England-area authorities elevated Wallace to the “15 Most Wanted” listing.  That move focused law enforcement resources and attention to the case.  Seven fugitives on the agency’s listing have been captured this year.  He was already on Rhode Island’s most wanted roster, but for investigative reasons Deputy Marshals in charge of the pursuit asked that no press release be issued when Wallace was added to the international list.

Following a drug dispute between three Wallace brothers, Timi Wallace is believed to have participated in the multiple shooting of Tasfa Wallace on March 26, 2000.  The suspect was seen entering and leaving the victim’s apartment building at the time of the incident.  On September 25, 2000, Wallace and a brother, Nickoyan Wallace, allegedly stole numerous weapons from the firearms dealer.  Nickoyan Wallace already has been captured, convicted, and is serving a 17-year federal sentence, and has local murder charges pending.

The U.S. Marshals “15 MOST WANTED” list includes the most violent fugitives in the world, and Wallace -- who was known to always carry a weapon -- was considered extremely dangerous.  Making the arrest were U.S. Marshals from the New York Regional Fugitive Task Force, Rhode Island Violent Fugitive Task Force, as well as officers from the New York Police Department, Boston police, and ATF.

 The month-long chase had concentrated on the Jamaican community inside the U.S., as Wallace was known to have connections in New York, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Texas, and in his homeland of Jamaica.

U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives annually.  For more information please see the Marshals website www.usmarshals.gov.