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For Immediate Release

September 22, 2016

Assistant Chief James Burke
Eastern District of Pennsylvania, (215) 597-4203
USMS Office of Public Affairs, 202-307-9065

U.S. Marshals Hunt For Alleged Murderer, Robbery Suspect
Who Got Away With Less Than $20

Reward being offered for information leading directly to suspect’s arrest

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Marshals are seeking the public’s help in the search for a 38-year-old Elizabeth City man who allegedly murdered a delivery truck driver during a botched robbery over a yearRodney Shelton ago.

On June 9, 2015, Rodney Shelton allegedly shot and killed 63-year-old Thomas Childs during an attempted robbery at a loading dock just west of Philadelphia. Prosecutors believe Shelton got away with less than $20.

“Rodney Shelton’s blatant disregard for human life has made this case a top priority for us,” said U.S. Marshal David B. Webb of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. “Our deputy U.S. marshals and our federal, state and local law enforcement partners will leave no stone unturned until this dangerous fugitive faces justice.”

Authorities believe Shelton may have fled the area soon after the crime, but he could be hiding in plain sight.

“Since he has been on the run for more than a year, he may have changed his appearance and his locale to stay under the radar,” said Webb. “He could be anywhere.”

Shelton is a 5-foot-9-inch black male weighing approximately 170 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. He also has numerous tattoos to include one on his head, neck and left hand, and may even be working as a tattoo artist. Shelton has personal ties in Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia.

“Because of the callous nature of this crime, Shelton should be considered armed and dangerous,” said Webb.

A reward of up to $1,500 is being offered for information leading directly to the fugitive’s arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals Service office or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102, or