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For Immediate Release

Seth Bruce, Deputy U.S. Marshal

Western District of Tennessee
Memphis, TN
(901) 573-8177

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

U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrest Alleged Arsonist

Memphis, TN – Shaniqua Yates, 25, was arrested for Aggravated Arson by the U.S. Marshals Two Rivers Violent Fugitive Task Force and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Team. U.S. Marshal Tyreece Miller announced today.

On September 14, 2022, a fire was deliberately set and destroyed an apartment complex at 6355 Arbor Creek Trail in Memphis, Tennessee. An arrest warrant was issued for Shaniqua Yates. The fugitive investigation was adopted by the U.S. Marshals. 

Just after midnight on September 18, the U.S. Marshals and the Shelby County Fugitive Apprehension Team located Yates at a residence in the 8400 block of Rhiannon in Memphis. She was taken into custody without incident. 

“It is a blessing that no one was injured in this fire,” said U.S. Marshal Tyreece Miller. “There are reports that more than 20 residents were displaced by this senseless act. We hope this swift arrest can help to alleviate the turmoil that has been inflicted on the victims.”

The U.S. Marshals Two Rivers Violent Fugitive Task Force (TRFTF) is a multi-agency Task Force in the Western District of Tennessee. The TRVFTF has offices in Memphis and Jackson, and its membership is primarily composed of Deputy U.S. Marshals, Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies, Memphis Police Officers, Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies, Jackson Police Officers, and the Tennessee Department of Correction Special Agents from the Apprehension and Enforcement Unit. The primary mission of the Task Force is to arrest violent offenders and sexual predators. 

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

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