Los Angeles, CA – On January 24, 2024, the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force (PSWRFTF), in coordination with the USMS District of Utah Violent Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team, located and safely arrested a man wanted by the Salt Lake City Police Department for a murder committed on January 4, 2024.
Steven Chance Brinkerhoff, 39, was wanted in connection to a murder in Salt Lake City in which a female victim was stabbed multiple times in a massage parlor in the 7400 block of S. State Street.
PSWRFTF investigators determined Brinkerhoff fled to Las Vegas, and then to California. When investigators developed information that placed Brinkerhoff in the city of Orange, CA. PSWRFTF requested the assistance of the Santa Ana Police Department.
Investigators narrowed the search to the 2100 block of N. Tustin Street in Orange where they located and arrested Brinkerhoff inside a sandwich shop, then transported him to the Santa Ana Jail.
The PSWRFTF began operations in August 2002. The PSWRFTF has partnership agreements with more than nine federal and 57 state and local agencies and operates throughout California and Nevada.
The PSWRFTF has apprehended more than 102,000 fugitives since its inception and is always striving to make communities safer.
The USMS District of Utah Violent Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team began in 2015 and has three federal and 26 state and local partnerships that assist in the location and capture of dangerous fugitives.