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For Immediate Release

Andrew Gallagher, Deputy U.S. Marshal

District of Colorado
Denver, CO
(303) 241-8273

U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699

U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Captures South Carolina Murder Suspect in Denver

Denver, CO - The U.S. Marshals Service Colorado Violent Offender Task Force (COVOTF) located and arrested a South Carolina homicide suspect late Tuesday afternoon in Denver. 

William Loyd Todd Cagle, 48, was wanted by the Laurens County, South Carolina, Sheriff’s Office on felony arrest warrants for murder and possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. Those charges are in relation to a body being discovered at a Laurens residence after both Cagle and his girlfriend, Terry Ann Chermak, were reported missing earlier this month. Prior to the discovery of the body and Cagle’s arrest, the couple had not been seen since Sept. 9. 

The U.S. Marshals Service Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force (CRFTF) - Greenville Division provided assistance in locating and apprehending Cagle at the request of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. On Tuesday, the U.S. Marshals CRFTF received information that Cagle was at a hotel in the downtown Denver area and relayed this information to the U.S. Marshals COVOTF in Denver.

U.S. Marshals Service investigators, with the direct assistance of Task Force Officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Dept. of Homeland Security’s Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Denver County Sheriff’s Department, and Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office set up surveillance at the hotel to attempt to locate Cagle. COVOTF personnel eventually observed Cagle walking back to the hotel, approached him on the sidewalk, and took him into custody without incident just outside the building. 

Cagle was transported by U.S. Marshals to the Denver Downtown Detention Center where he was booked on the murder and weapons violation warrants. He is awaiting extradition back to South Carolina. 

“This arrest highlights the effectiveness of multiple agencies working together for a common goal to be able to swiftly take violent and dangerous criminals off the streets,” said David Weaver, U.S. Marshal for the District of Colorado. 

The success of this arrest represents a culmination of extensive cooperative investigative efforts between the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force, U.S. Marshals Colorado Violent Offender Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Denver Sheriff’s Department, and the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office. 

The Colorado Violent Offender Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional fugitive task force that targets the most violent offenders to include those wanted for murder, assault, sex offenses, and other serious offenses throughout the state and country.  Nationally, the U.S. Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, eight regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.          

Tips can 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 https://www.usmarshals.gov/tips. You can also follow the latest news and updates about the U.S. Marshals Service on Facebook and Twitter; @USMarshalsHQ or @USMSDenver.
 

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

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