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For Immediate Release

January 05, 2021 Nathan Richardson, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Southern District of Ohio (513) 684-6925;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Task Force Arrets Sycamore Township Hotel Murder Suspect

Mason, OH – U.S. Marshal Pete Tobin is pleased to announce during the late-afternoon hours of January 5, 2021, the U.S. Marshals Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) arrested fugitive Jay Harris on an outstanding warrant from Hamilton County for two counts of Murder.

On November 1, 2019, Harris was allegedly involved in a robbery at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Sycamore Township. During the robbery a shootout occurred, and two male victims were struck by gunfire. The victims succumbed to their wounds. Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) investigators filed an arrest warrant for Harris. The U.S. Marshals SOFAST in Cincinnati, OH, together with the HCSO Fugitive Unit, developed information that Harris was in the 7800 block of Deer Crossing Drive in Mason, OH, and quickly arrested Harris without incident.

Harris is currently in custody at the Hamilton County Jail.

Cincinnati’s SOFAST is a U.S. Marshals Service-led task force consisting of local, state, and federal authorities including the Adult Parole Authority, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Butler County Sheriff’s Office, Butler County Probation Office, Cincinnati Police Department, Colerain Township Police Department, Department of Homeland Security/ Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Golf Manor Police Department, Harrison Police Department, Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General, Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, and the Mount Orb Police Department.

U.S. Marshals are the nation’s primary fugitive hunting organization and capture more federal fugitives each year than all other law enforcement agencies combined.

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