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For Immediate Release

May 20, 2011 Supv. Deputy U.S. Marshal Michael Dyke

District of Northern California, 415-436-7658


U.S. Marshals Capture 15 MOST WANTED, California Fugitive

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Marshals Service today announced the capture Thursday of 15 Most Wanted fugitive Sean Michael Sullivan in Oakland, Calif. 

U.S. Marshals from the Northern District of California and members of the Pacific South West Regional Task Force located and arrested Sullivan at marijuana grow house in Oakland. The U.S. Marshals worked with the Oakland Police Department to compile information leading to Sullivan’s whereabouts.  

“Given his history of deadly violence, it was our highest priority to bring this fugitive to justice before he could claim another victim,” said Director Stacia A. Hylton of the U.S. Marshals Service. “I am greatly appreciative of the extraordinary efforts made by our dedicated men and women in apprehending one of our most wanted fugitives.”

During an altercation in November 2010 over an outstanding debt, Sullivan allegedly brandished a firearm and shot two individuals multiple times, fatally wounding one man and paralyzing the other from the waist down. The U.S. Marshals added Sullivan to the 15 Most Wanted fugitive list in February.    

Sullivan, 32, was wanted on a warrant out of Northern California for homicide and attempted homicide following the shooting. He also had a federal warrant out for his arrest for violation of his supervised release stemming from a drug conviction that resulted in a seven-year sentence.

"Sullivan presented a clear and present danger to our community and his arrest is the first step in bringing him to justice," said Donald O’Keefe, U.S. Marshal for Northern California.

Agencies involved with Sullivan’s capture include the U.S. Marshals Service, the Pacific South West Regional Task Force, Oakland Police Department, California Department of Correction’s Fugitive Apprehension Team and the DEA.