Visalia, CA Ė U.S. Marshal Albert Najera, of
the Eastern District of California, announced today that 31 year old, Richard
Lamont Hinton, was arrested on January 19, 2012 by the Pacific Southwest
Regional Fugitive Task Force (PSWRFTF), Fresno Division. This subject was wanted
by Los Angeles Police Department for the crime of Murder.
On November 25, 2011, Richard Hinton along with his friend Jabari Tate were
attending a social gathering in the city of Los Angeles, CA. It is alleged that
Hinton suddenly produced a knife and began stabbing the victim repeatedly in the
torso. The victimís girlfriend tried to intervene and received a stab wound to
her forearm. At some point Jabari Tate tried to stop the attack and was able to
disarm Hinton. The victim and his girlfriend were eventually able to escape out
the front door, while Hinton and Tate ran out the back door and fled in their
vehicle. The victim was driven to Saint Francis Hospital for medical treatment,
but eventually succumbed to his injuries.
Task force officers from the California Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation (CDCR) received information from LAPD Detectives suggesting that
Hinton could possibly be staying at a residence on West Diamond Street in the
city of Tulare, CA. The task force immediately concentrated its resources and
began conducting numerous hours of surveillance at this location.
On January 19, 2012, officers observed three males exit the West Diamond Street
residence with one matching Hintonís description. All three males got into a
grey Dodge Magnum and drove away. Task force officers began to follow the
vehicle and eventually pulled it over at the bottom of Highway 198 and Akers
Boulevard in the city of Visalia, CA. California Highway Patrol and Visalia
Police Department arrived on scene and assisted the task force. All occupants
were removed from the vehicle and placed in handcuffs until they could be
positively identified. Although uncooperative, Richard Lamont Hinton was
positively identified and placed under arrest.
The Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force is a U.S. Marshals-sponsored
partnership comprised of investigators from federal, state, and local agencies.
The main objective of the task force is to seek out and arrest fugitives charged
with violent crimes, drug crimes, sex offenders, and other felonies. More
fugitives are arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service than all other federal
agencies combined. In 2010 investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals
Service resulted in the apprehension of over 36, 000 federal fugitives and more
than 81,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.
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