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For Immediate Release

April 26, 2010 Phill Maxwell, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Western District of Texas-Midland/Odessa Division
(432) 686-4100 ext.223
U.S. Marshals Apprehend Suspect Wanted in Murder for Hire Case
Midland, TX – On April 21, 2010, Detectives with the Midland Police Department received information of a possible murder for hire conspiracy. During the investigation, detectives identified the suspect as Johnathon Rendon, an employee with the City of Midland Animal Control department. The investigation revealed that Rendon planned to hire a co-worker to assist him in kidnapping and beating the ex-boyfriend of a girl that he has been dating. He allegedly told the co-worker that he only wanted to beat the victim to incapacitate him so that he could hear the dying screams of the victim when he threw him into the crematory at the animal shelter.

After securing a warrant on Rendon for Solicitation of Capital Murder on April 23, 2010, Midland Police Detectives contacted the U.S. Marshals in Midland to assist in locating and capturing him, since they had information that he had left town for the weekend to attend a wedding. Investigators with the USMS Midland office developed information that Rendon was in the Lubbock, Texas area, about 100 miles north of Midland.

USMS investigators then contacted U.S. Marshals in Lubbock, who immediately began searching for Rendon's known vehicle. A few hours later, Marshals located Rendon's vehicle parked at a restaurant where the family was attending a wedding rehearsal dinner. Deputies entered the restaurant and identified Rendon, and took him into custody without incident. He was turned over to the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office to await extradition back to Midland County.

Western District of Texas Acting U.S. Marshal Fernando Karl said, “Catching a murder suspect is a great feeling for our deputies. Catching the suspect BEFORE someone is murdered is a great relief for all of the citizens in our communities. Our partnership with local law enforcement and U.S. Marshals in other districts makes it possible to avert such tragedy.”

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