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For Immediate Release

September 06, 2016 Chris Atwater, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal
Middle District of North Carolina (336) 332-8702;
Michael Potter, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Middle District of North Carolina (336) 554-8545
Murder Suspect Arrested by U.S. Marshals in Chapel Hill, NC

Chapel Hill, NC - On September 6, 2016, at approximately 8:50 am, Curtis Marcel Barnette, 38, was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force (JFTF) with the assistance of the Chapel Hill Police Department. On August 29, 2016, an arrest warrant was issued for Barnette by the Durham Police Department for the charge of murder.

On the evening of June 30, 2016 the Durham Police Department received a 911 call in reference to a shooting in the 100 block of East Cornwallis Road. The victim, Reginald Cole, appeared to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The JFTF spent countless hours on surveillance and conducting interviews in an attempt to locate Barnette. Their efforts paid off when the JFTF received information that Barnette was residing with a female at 108 Berry Patch Lane in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The JFTF along with officers from the Chapel Hill Police Department surrounded and converged on the house taking Barnette into custody without incident. He was transported to the Durham Police Department to meet with investigators. Details concerning conditions of his release are not available at this time.

The U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force for the Middle District of North Carolina is comprised of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, Chapel Hill Police Department, Durham Police Department, Greensboro Police Department, High Point Police Department, Winston-Salem Police Department, Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Department of Community Corrections – Probation & Parole and the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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