Kansas City MO – United States Marshal Mark S. James announced today the capture of multiple homicide suspects and other dangerous felons during the first week of September. While the U.S. Marshals does not discuss the specifics of arrest operations, the following are examples of the day-to-day work that Deputy Marshals and Task Force Officers do throughout the Western District of Missouri and across the nation in all 94 federal districts.
On September 1, a team of Deputy U.S. Marshals observed Parole absconder James Yeomans emerge from a wooded area on 39th street near Gillham Park. Yeomans was a wanted fugitive by the Missouri State Probation and Parole Board for violations of his release on narcotics charges and other felonies. As deputies approached, Yeoman fled on foot, jumped over a fence, and ran onto a nearby grade school grounds. Deputies quickly took the suspect into custody without incident in the parking lot. Marshal James commended the Deputies for quick thinking to recognize and apprehend this fugitive and the school's faculty, administrative, and security staff, who immediately reacted and took action to prevent any potential harm to anyone in the area.
Early the next morning on September 2, the same team of Deputy Marshals were on the trail of Andrea Davis who was charged with 2nd degree murder and armed criminal action by the Dunklin County Prosecutor's office in a July 2019 shooting in Kennett. Davis had been on the run ever since the shooting and his whereabouts were unknown. Over a series of days, Deputy Marshals checked multiple locations throughout the metro and eventually caught up with him at a residence in the 4400 block of North McCoy in Independence. Davis surrendered without incident and was lodged at the Jackson County Detention Center to await return to Dunklin County to face the charges in state court.
On the evening of September 2, a separate team of Deputy Marshals and Task Force Officers worked well into the night after arranging for the surrender of Columbia homicide suspect Rickey Murray. Murray was charged with 1st degree murder and armed criminal action by the Boone County Prosecutor's Office following a fatal shooting on August 25th in Douglas Park in Columbia. Murray fled the area immediately following the shooting and his whereabouts were unknown. Marshals Service investigators were in contact with Murray and arranged for his peaceful surrender in Kansas City, Mo. He was then turned over to Columbia Police Department.
The U.S. Marshals Midwest Violent Fugitive Task Force-Kansas City Division, operates in conjunction with members of the Kansas City, Independence and St. Joseph Missouri Police Departments, Jackson and Buchanan County Sheriff’s Offices, Missouri State Highway Patrol and other local and federal law enforcement partners. The task force objectives are to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, drug offenses, sex offenders and other serious felonies. It also provides direct support to law enforcement agencies in tracking down and recovering missing children. Nationally the United States Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 67 local fugitive task forces, 8 regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.
Tips can be submitted anonymously to the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers via the TIPS hotline at (816) 474-8477, on the internet at KCcrimestoppers.com or on the free mobile app available at P3Tips.com. Tips can also be submitted to the U.S. Marshals service directly and anonymously by downloading the USMS Tips app to your Apple or Android device. It can also be accessed online at USMS Tips. Follow the latest news and updates about the U.S. Marshals Service on Twitter: @USMarshalsHQ.