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For Immediate Release

November 05, 2010 DUSM Michael J. Picou, Southern District of Ohio, Cincinnati (513) 684-3594
Dangerous Fugitive who Assaulted Springfield Township Officers
Arrested by U.S. Marshals Task Force
Cincinnati, OH – On 11/04/2010, Jeffrey Portis, 20 years of age, eluded arrest by assaulting two Springfield Township Police officers with a Taser. One week earlier, Portis led the Cincinnati Police Department on a wild chase in the West End neighborhood, which resulted in him being bit by a police K-9. Portis, who was originally wanted for Contempt of Court and Failure to Comply, faces charges for Assaulting a Police Officer, Burglary, Resisting Arrest, and Obstruction of Justice after his latest run-ins with the law. U.S. Marshal Cathy Jones stated, “The repeated actions of Portis to flee and resist arrest elevated our concern of the risk he posed to our communities. We will not waiver in our commitment to pursue dangerous fugitives in collaboration with our Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) partners and other federal, state and local law enforcement no matter where the fugitives attempt to run and hide.”

On 11/05/2010, the U.S. Marshals led SOFAST task force developed information that Portis was hiding out in the Crescent Springs, KY area. Members of SOFAST, assisted by the U.S. Marshals Central Kentucky Fugitive Task Force and the Erlanger Police Department, received a tip that Portis was in an apartment building on the 700 block of Meadow Wood Drive, Crescent Springs, KY. Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers entered the apartment and found Portis hiding under a bed in the back bedroom of the apartment. Portis resisted arrest and was tased and bitten by a police K-9. Portis was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital before being transferred to the Kenton County Jail.

SOFAST is a multi-jurisdictional task force comprised of the U.S. Marshals, Cincinnati Police Department, Butler County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, U.S. Department of Agriculture OIG, Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, Sharonville Police Department, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

U.S. Marshals are the nation’s primary fugitive hunting organization and capture more federal fugitives each year than all other law enforcement agencies combined. For more information, go to