Philadelphia, PA – Members of the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force arrested Jaahir Johns, 20, and Zaheem Allen, 18, for murder in the early morning hours of November 5th. Johns was taken into custody in the 1200 block of west 9th street while Allen was arrested in the 1300 block of Tilghman Street. Both men were arrested without incident. Johns was wanted for murder in relation to a shooting which took place August 4th, in the 900 block of Lloyd street in Chester, PA. A warrant was issued October 21st. Allen was wanted for murder in relation to a shooting which took place September 26th in the 2800 block of west 7th street in Chester, PA. A warrant was issued October 20th. Both fugitive cases were referred to the U.S. Marshal Service the first week of November.
Eric Gartner, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, commended the swift action by the Violent Crime Fugitive Task Force, and praised the continued partnership with Chester Police Department, the Delaware County District Attorney's Office, and the Delaware County Criminal Investigations Division: "DA Stollsteimer, Criminal Investigative Division Chief Nolan, and the U.S. Marshal Service have made a commitment to Chester Police Department, Chief Gretsky, to continue our presence in Chester to support his Department's efforts in alleviating the violence that hinders this community."
The Eastern Pennsylvania Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force is a team of law enforcement officers led by U.S. Marshals in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. The task force's objective is to seek out and arrest violent crime fugitives.