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For Immediate Release

July 12, 2019

David Arp, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Eastern District of Virginia - Norfolk (757) 264-5222

U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
USMS Arrest Man in VA Wanted for 2016 Double Homicide in PR

Norfolk, VA – Members of the U.S. Marshals Service task force arrested today on Virginia’s Eastern Shore a man wanted for a 2016 double homicide in Puerto Rico.

Jonathan Aviles-Alers, 28, was arrested at 6:45 a.m. at a residence in the 33000 block of Lankford Highway in Painter. When members of the task force approached the house from the front, he ran around the house and into the backyard where he was taken into custody by other task force members who were already in place.

Puerto Rico police had placed Aviles-Alers on their most wanted list after he shot and killed two people and injured several others Oct. 23, 2016, in Isabela, Puerto Rico.

The arrest was a joint effort between U.S. Marshals fugitive task forces in New York/New Jersey-Trenton Division and Norfolk, assisted by Accomack County Sheriff’s Office and Norfolk Fugitive Unit.

Aviles-Alers will be held at Eastern Shore Regional Jail pending extradition to Puerto Rico.

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