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For Immediate Release

January 05, 2011 Deputy Frank Conroy, District of South Carolina
(843) 297-7136
Fugitives all Washed Up After Arrests by U.S. Marshals for Alleged Attempted Murder

Florence, SC – Ashley Patterson, 24, and Cortney Leach, 22, of Greensboro, North Carolina, were arrested in a collaborative effort amongst North Carolina, South Carolina, and local partnered agencies on Monday and Tuesday, respectively. Both Patterson and Leach are charged by the Greensboro Police Department with attempted murder, robbery with a deadly weapon, and assault with a deadly weapon. The charges stem from an incident where they allegedly shot and attacked an individual during an argument.

Operation Intercept, the U.S. Marshal led fugitive task force in South Carolina, began working the case after Greensboro U.S. Marshals, who had arrested Patterson in NC, received information that Leach had fled to the Hamer area of SC. Investigators established surveillance early Tuesday morning in Hamer, followed an individual who resembled Leach to Pembroke, NC, positively identified that individual as Leach, and ultimately placed him into custody at a Nic’s Car Wash off of Highway 710. Leach was transported back to Greensboro to answer the charges against him alongside Patterson.

Kelvin Washington, the U.S. Marshal for South Carolina, stated “Patience, persistence, and the deep desire to bring fugitives to justice brought success to the investigators in this case. Fugitives pollute our communities and law enforcement in South Carolina is dedicated to eradicating them from our neighborhoods.”

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


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