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For Immediate Release

April 03, 2018 Joseph Palmer, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Northern District of California (415) 730-5243;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Ukiah Homicide Fugitive Caught in Mexico
Six-Year Manhunt Ends at McDonald’s
San Francisco, CA - U.S. Marshal Don O’Keefe of the Northern District of California is proud to announce the arrest of Manuel Rodriguez, 27, who was wanted by the Ukiah Police Department for murder.

Rodriguez was charged in Mendocino County, California, on October 15, 2012, for first-degree murder following the death of Duane Johnson, a 45-year-old man in Ukiah. After the crime, Rodriguez, along with his estranged girlfiend, Leona Johnson, and her 2-year-old son, fled the area.

The fugitive investigation gained momentum when investigators developed information that Rodriguez was possibly in Mexico. On Saturday, March 24, after nearly six years on the run, Rodriguez was apprehended by Mexican authorities in a McDonald’s restaurant in Guadalajara, Mexico. The following day, Rodriguez, who is an American citizen, was returned to the San Francisco Bay area, where he was formally arrested by U.S. authorities on the outstanding warrant.

“The U.S. Marshals Service has a rich history in our country, and pride ourselves on our unrelenting pursuit of violent fugitives,” said O’Keefe. “For hundreds of years, our agency has tracked down and apprehended the worst offenders in our society. This case exemplifies the tenacity with which we pursue justice, both at home and abroad.”

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The U.S. Marshals Service is the primary federal agency charged with conducting fugitive investigations throughout the country. The U.S. Marshals regularly works in concert with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to seek out and arrest violent fugitives and sex offenders, and has established task forces throughout the nation to facilitate the apprehension of fugitives.

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