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For Immediate Release

May 01, 2018 Brian O’Neill, Supervisory Deputy
Public Information Officer (202) 345-8222
District of Connecticut Violent Fugitive Task Force;

U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
New Haven Homicide Suspect in Custody  
New Haven CT - This afternoon at approximately 2:00 p.m., Elias Jamar Rivers, 34, was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals from the Eastern District of North Carolina, Raleigh office. Rivers was arrested on the 3000 Blk of Emmaus Church Rd Mt. Olive, NC.

On April 11, 2018 at 12:21pm New Haven Police were dispatched to a shooting that occurred on the 1500 block of Chapel St in New Haven, the victim Eric Lewis was pronounced deceased at Yale New Haven Hospital a short time later. During the course of their investigation a shooting suspect, Elias Jamar Rivers, was identified. On April 20, 2018 the New Haven Police department requested assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service Violent Fugitive Task Force in locating and arresting Rivers.

Through investigative resources the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force and New Haven Police Department believed that Rivers had fled the state and was hiding out in the Raleigh, NC area. On May 1, 2018 a request for assistance was made with our U.S. Marshal’s office in Raleigh, NC and within hours Rivers was taken into custody.

Rivers will be held pending extradition from North Carolina.

The Violent Fugitive Task Force is a team of law enforcement officers led by U.S. Marshals from the District of Connecticut. The task force’s objective is to seek out and arrest violent fugitives and sexual predators. Membership agencies include; Hartford, New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, Bridgeport, Norwalk, and Waterbury Police Departments as well as CT Parole.

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