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For Immediate Release

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April 23, 2020

Chris Leuer, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Eastern District of Virginia – Norfolk Division (757) 264-5213;

U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Capture Eastern Shore Gang Member “RJ” Northan

Norfolk, VA – A Bloods gang member on the run from attempted murder charges in Accomack County since March 25 was captured today in Maryland. Robert “RJ” James Northan Jr., 34, was arrested as a result of an extensive multi-agency fugitive investigation.

At approximately 9:45am, U.S Marshals Fugitive Task Force members from Norfolk, VA and Salisbury MD arrested Northan at a hotel in Pocomoke City, MD. The arrest was the result of an extensive fugitive investigation involving the following agencies: U.S. Marshals, FBI, Accomack Sheriff’s Office, Northampton Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Maryland State Police, Eastern Shore Drug Task Force, and Worcester County Sheriff’s Office.

“I would like to thank the U.S. Marshals and all the agencies involved with this team effort in bringing this fugitive to justice,” said Accomack Sheriff W. Todd Wessells.

“I am routinely humbled by the tenacity and the “never give up” attitude displayed by Deputy Marshals and our state and local law enforcement partners. Despite the significantly increased risk to law enforcement during the crisis caused by the ongoing viral pandemic, the public should take comfort in knowing that the Marshals Service and their partners are still on the street every day helping to ensure that the public is protected from dangerous groups and individuals. Cases like this, under these circumstances, should give the citizens here in Virginia piece of mind in knowing that the Marshals Service works daily to serve the public with Justice, Integrity and Service.” U.S. Marshal Nick E. Proffitt.

Arrest photograph of RJ Northan in Pocomoke City, MD
Arrest photograph of RJ Northan in Pocomoke City, MD

Northan is being held at the Worcester County Detention Center awaiting return to Virginia.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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