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For Immediate Release

July 09, 2014 John Sanchez
Deputy U.S. Marshal/Public Affairs Officer
Eastern District of Tennessee (865) 545-4182 ext. 261
U.S. Marshals Arrest Michigan Fugitive Wanted for Attempted Murder, Find Marijuana Grow

Knoxville, TN – The Marshals Service in the Eastern District of Tennessee announced today that Marcus Williams, 33, was arrested at approximately 11:00 am EST in Knoxville, Tennessee by a team of Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force officers assigned to the Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force.
Williams is wanted in Detroit, Michigan, on charges of Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm Less Than Murder, and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Felonious Assault).
Given the current charges he faces, Williams was considered extremely dangerous and a risk to public safety.

Three other men from Detroit, Michigan, were arrested along with Williams: Dewayne Tolend, 25, Demetrius Green, 24, and Ladonte Harris-Paige, 27, were also taken into custody when a large indoor marijuana grow was found in the residence.

Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force officers from Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, Union County Sheriff’s Office, and the Knoxville Police Department, apprehended the four individuals after their investigation led them to a house on Eldridge Road, in Knoxville.

“We received the request for assistance from our counterparts in Detroit late yesterday and, thanks to the tireless work of our deputies and Task Force officers, we were able to move quickly and decisively to make the arrests” stated Jimmy Fowler, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Tennessee. “This arrest is a true testament of what happens when law enforcement agencies work together to get dangerous criminals off our streets. Fugitives should take notice that they will not be able to escape justice by fleeing from state-to-state” Marshal Fowler added.

Williams is now at the Knox County Detention Facility. His extradition to Michigan will wait until he answers any local charges stemming from the indoor marijuana grow operation.

The Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from the East Tennessee area working under the direction of the U.S. Marshals office in Knoxville. The Task Force’s objective is to seek out and arrest federal and state wanted individuals who pose a threat to the community.

In 2013, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals and its regional task forces resulted in the apprehension of more than 110,000 federal fugitives and the clearing of more than 134,000 warrants. More federal fugitives are arrested by U.S. Marshals than all other federal agencies combined.

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