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For Immediate Release

January 08, 2010 DUSM Brian Babtist, District of Southern Ohio
(614) 469-5540
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Capture Murder for Hire Fugitive

Columbus, Ohio – Federal Parole Violator, Kurtis Armann, has been apprehended today by the Great Lakes Regional Task Force based on an investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service in Columbus, Ohio.

Armann was placed on Federal Parole in the Southern District of Ohio after serving eight years in prison for Conspiracy to Commit Attempted Murder. Armann’s original charges stemmed from a criminal case in which Armann attempted to kill a female member of his Army platoon while stationed in Hanau, Germany. Armann attempted to kill Private First Class Toni Bell with a homemade sniper rifle as she stood guard duty at the base. The bullet struck Bell in the neck, but she survived thanks to the upturned collar of her bullet resistant vest. Prior to the shooting, Bell had struck a deal with Armann to have her in-laws killed over a child custody dispute. Armann drew up a contract for Bell that provided for the “termination” of Bell’s in-laws in return for $55,000.00, $5,000.00 of which was expected to be a deposit. The contract also contained a “reversion clause” which stated that Bell herself would be killed if she failed to comply with various clauses in the contract. Bell backed out of the murder plan and when Bell refused to pay Armann, he decided to make good on his “reversion clause.”

After serving his prison sentence, Armann absconded from probation supervision in May, 2009. The Marshals Service in Columbus immediately began the hunt for Armann. Despite attempting to use multiple identities in various states around the country, the Marshals were able to locate Armann in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The U.S. Marshals in Columbus shared the information they obtained through investigations with the Marshals Service led Great Lakes Regional Task Force, who was able to move in and arrest Armann who was hiding at a Milwaukee hotel.

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