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 year
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
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