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U.S. Marshals Locate Local Teen in Illinois Wanted for Double Murder

For immediate release

Daniel DeVille, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal

Southern District of Ohio
Columbus, OH
(614) 469-5540

Dayton, OH – The U.S. Marshals’ Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST), with the assistance of the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Peoria Police Department, and the Dayton Police Department Homicide Unit, arrested fugitive Michael Johnson Jr. in Peoria, IL on Tuesday afternoon.

Michael Johnson Jr., 14, was wanted by the Dayton Police Department for two counts of Murder and two counts of Felonious Assault which resulted from the fatal shooting incident that occurred on March 14, 2024. During Tuesday’s fugitive arrest operation in IL, multiple other individuals were also taken into custody. One of which was Davion Clark, 29, who was wanted by the U.S. Marshals on a federal supervised release violation. Clark has been booked into the Peoria County Jail and Johnson Jr. is being held in a Peoria County Juvenile Facility in Illinois, where both now await extradition to Ohio for court appearances.

“The U.S. Marshals and Dayton Police Department have a long-standing partnership on the task force. The safe capture of this fugitive is the result of the hard work done by the Dayton P.D. investigators and our nationwide network of fugitive task forces. We will continue to work with and support our partners to locate violent suspects who attempt to evade arrest.” – Michael D. Black, United States Marshal.

U.S. Marshals SOFAST is a multi-jurisdictional task force comprised of the Dayton Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Springfield Division of Police, Greene County Prosecutor’s Office, Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office, Perry Township Police Department, Greenville Police Department, Springboro Police Department, Franklin Police Department, United States Secret Service, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, West Carrollton Police Department, and the Xenia Police Department. The U.S. Marshals Service is the nation’s primary fugitive hunting organization and captures more federal fugitives each year than all other law enforcement agencies combined.

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