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For Immediate Release

May 15, 2013 Robert C. Watson, Deputy U. S. Marshal
Eastern District of Michigan (313) 920-4079
U.S. Marshals Arrest Convicted Murderer

Detroit, MI - Investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service’s Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team, known as DFAT, are pleased to announce the arrest of fugitive Dwayne Ballinger. Ballinger, who was convicted of murdering two men, had appealed his 2006 conviction and was granted temporary bond while the case was being reviewed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Once Ballinger learned that he would not be granted a new trial, he removed his court-ordered tether and fled on or about April 11.

DFAT investigators immediately began an intensive manhunt to locate and arrest Ballinger, and developed information that Ballinger was hiding out in the area of Hilliard, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus.

This morning, U.S. Marshals in Detroit contacted the U.S. Marshals Service Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team in Columbus and worked in concert with them to identify Ballinger and take him into custody peacefully.

Ballinger is currently being held in the southern district of Ohio, awaiting extradition to Detroit.

U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Michigan, Robert M. Grubbs, said, “There is no place on this earth that a fugitive can hide that we will not find them. This case exemplifies the hard work and dedication of the men and women of this agency.”

The Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team is comprised of the USMS, CBP Air & Marine Division, Detroit Police, Dearborn Police, Flint Police, Hamtramck Police, ICE, Livonia Police, Macomb County Sheriff, Michigan Air National Guard , MDOC-ARU, Michigan State Police , Oakland County Sheriff, Sterling Heights Police and Wayne County Sheriff.

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