Memphis, TN – When Federal prisoners are finished with their
incarceration, they are often placed in Bureau of Prisons Halfway
Houses. These serve to introduce prisoners into society in a gradual
way. Prisoners can work outside the facility or see family while still
having oversight and structure as they transition to life post
However on occasion prisoners from these facilities
“walk away” from them. They leave the facility and do not return. When
this happens the Bureau of Prisons considers them escaped. At this point
the U.S. Marshals Service gets involved. The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast
Regional Fugitive Task Force adopts these cases as a fugitive matter.
On 5/30/19 Larico Nelson walked away from the Halfway House Facility
here in Memphis. He was serving a sentence for Felon in Possession of a
Firearm. He was arrested by the U.S. Marshals in New Orleans, LA on
On 10/24/19 Quantrese Brazzell walked away from the
Halfway House Facility here in Memphis. He was serving a sentence for
Robbery and a Drug charge. On 11/19/19 he was arrested in Memphis TN by
On 11/05/19 Quintin Johnson walked away from
the Halfway House in Memphis TN. He was serving a sentence for Felon in
Possession of a Firearm. On 12/05/2019 investigators with the Marshals
Task Force tracked him to the 1400 block of Englewood here in Memphis
TN. He was found hiding in the attic and was placed under arrest.
All three fugitives now face the Federal charge of Escape from the
Custody of an Institution. This is in addition to returning to a lock
down Bureau of Prisons facility to finish their sentenced time on their
“Prisoners need to understand that they don’t
just have to face their old sentence,” said U.S. Marshal for the Western
District of Tennessee Jeff Holt. “Halfway House walkaways are facing an
additional charge. We will continue to pursue these fugitives and assist
in prosecuting them to the fullest extent of the law.”
Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force is a multi-agency task
force with divisions in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.
The Western Tennessee Division of the GCRFTF has offices in Memphis and
Jackson, and its membership is primarily composed of Deputy U.S.
Marshals, Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies, Memphis Police Officers,
Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies, Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies,
Jackson Police Officers, BATF, and the Tennessee Department of
Corrections Special Agents. The primary mission of the Task Force is to
arrest violent offenders and sexual predators.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found
First Federal Law Enforcement Agency