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For Immediate Release

November 04, 2010 Amanda Lyons, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Public Information Officer - District of South Carolina
(803) 765-5479
U.S. Marshals End Two Murder Suspects Freedom

Columbia, SC – U.S. Marshals Operation Intercept Fugitive Task Force (OPIN), Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Department, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) arrested Romeo Brown and Deshawn Powell this morning in Orangeburg, SC. Both are wanted for separate Murder Warrants issued by Orangeburg County.

Romeo Brown was arrested at 212 Last Drive Orangeburg, SC while hiding in a bedroom closet at 9:00am this morning. Brown is wanted for the alleged murder of Alexander Harrison on October 27th, 2010. Brown has been accused of shooting Harrison twice in the chest. Information developed by Operation Intercept led Deputy Marshals, state and local officials to the Last Drive address where Brown was arrested without incident after being discovered hiding in a bedroom closet. Further developments led to the arrest of Erica Brown, Brown’s wife, for Obstruction of Justice and Child Endangerment by the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Department. Two minor children were in the residence at the time of arrest.

Deshawn Powell was arrested at a Medical Office on Highway 301 in Orangeburg, SC this morning at 10:00am while awaiting a medical appointment. Powell is wanted for the alleged murder of Arthur Riley in the early morning hours on November 3rd, 2010. Arthur Riley was found dead in a pool of blood at his residence with multiple lacerations to his body. Information provided led Deputy Marshals, state and local officers to the Medical Office where Powell was observed in the waiting room. Powell was taken into custody without incident.

Both fugitives have been booked into the Orangeburg County Detention Center and are awaiting court proceedings.

Kelvin Washington U.S. Marshal for the District of South Carolina stated: “These two fugitives are no longer a threat to our communities. I applaud the diligent efforts and fast response by all law enforcement involved in locating and apprehending these serious offenders.”

Established in 1789, the United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. In fiscal 2009, the Marshals arrested more than 36,400 federal fugitives, clearing 39,400 felony warrants. Marshal’s Service-led task forces like South Carolina’s Operation Intercept arrested 90,800 state and local fugitives, clearing 117,000 felony warrants. Locally, Operation Intercept arrested over 2,500 South Carolina fugitives during that same period. More information about the Marshals and other South Carolina fugitives can be found on the web at