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For Immediate Release

September 12, 2011 DUSM Amanda Lyons, District of South Carolina
(803) 765-5479
Crimestoppers Works: U.S. Marshals Arrest Tyshon Johnson
Columbia, SC - Operation Intercept (OPIN), the US Marshals fugitive apprehension task force announces the arrest of Attempted Murder suspect Tyshon Demontrea Johnson AKA: Ty this morning at an apartment complex in Hillsborough, NC. Johnson has been the suspect of an Attempted Murder Charge warrant issued by the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office since August 25 for the shooting incident on Perry Street which gravely injured Isaac Hammond. OPIN was contacted through a Task Force Officer working with Orangeburg County requesting assistance in the location and apprehension of Johnson.

OPIN began investigation on August 26, passing out Wanted Posters and interviewing neighbors and residents of Orangeburg. OPIN requested Crimestoppers add Johnson to the Midlands Crimestoppers tip line and tipsters began to call. On Thursday September 8, a tipster provided the possible location of Johnson in North Carolina and OPIN forwarded all the information to their counterparts in the Greensboro area. Deputy US Marshals and Hillsborough Police took the tipster information seriously and developed leads to show the whereabouts of Johnson. This morning Johnson was arrested along with another wanted fugitive from Orangeburg County Orlando Devacon Neals. Both fugitives have been taken to the Orange County Detention Center where they await extradition hearings.

“Crimestoppers has been an invaluable asset to the law enforcement community. The tip provided by a concerned citizen has proven fruitful in apprehending these two fugitives. I acclaim the dedicated service of all law enforcement working on this case and offer the assistance of OPIN to our law enforcement partners here and across state lines.” stated US Marshal for the District of South Carolina, Kelvin Washington.

Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell stated: “The collaborative investigative efforts of the US Marshals Service continue to prove fruitful as we are locating fugitives and returning them to Orangeburg County to face the charges they have in this county.”

Established in 1789, the United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. In fiscal 2010, the Marshals arrested more than 36,100 federal fugitives, clearing 39,400 felony warrants and arrested 11,072 sex offenders. Marshal’s Service-led task forces like South Carolina’s Operation Intercept arrested 81,900 state and local fugitives, clearing 108,200 felony warrants. Locally, Operation Intercept arrested over 2,500 South Carolina fugitives during that same period.

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