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For Immediate Release

July 13, 2011 Marty R. West, Supervisory Inspector
Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (850) 942-8395;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Arrests Alabama Fugitive

Tallahassee, FL - The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (FRFTF) today announced the arrest of thirty year old Marquez Cornelius Vaughn of Opelika, Alabama at an apartment complex located at 1112 South Magnolia Drive in Tallahassee, FL. Vaughn was currently being sought by the Opelika Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force in Montgomery, Alabama on charges of 1st Degree Robbery and 2nd Degree Assault. According to Alabama authorities, Vaughn was involved in an Armed Robbery on June 19, 2011 in which Vaughn is alleged to have shot the victim in the leg before taking approximately four hundred dollars in cash as well as the victim's cellular phone. Alabama authorities also advised that Vaughn had previously fired shots at Opelika Police Officers during a prior arrest which prompted Vaughn's listing as Armed and Dangerous. Investigation by Opelika PD and U.S. Marshals indicated that Vaughn fled Alabama shortly after the shooting to the Tallahassee, Florida area where he was located hiding with a relative at the Tally Terrace apartment complex. FRFTF members entered the apartment during an early morning operation and first located two sleeping juveniles on the ground floor of the two story apartment. FRFTF evacuated the two females prior to confronting Vaughn who was located asleep in an upstairs bedroom where he was arrested without incident. Vaughn initially told task force officers that he thought he was dreaming when he awoke to find a room full of US Marshals armed with rifles and ballistic shields standing over his bed. Vaughn was transported to the Leon County Jail by task force members and is currently awaiting an extradition hearing which will send him back to Alabama to face his charges.

The Tallahassee Division of the FRFTF is comprised of law enforcement officers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, Leon County Sheriff's Office, Leon County State Attorney's Office, Liberty County Sheriff's Office, Madison County Sheriff's Office, Perry Police Department, Tallahassee Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff's Office, and the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office.

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