Criminal Justice News

Friday, August 26, 2016

U.S. Marshals Arrest Four Homicide Suspects

Norfolk, VA - Four homicide suspects have been taken off the streets of Hampton Roads already this week. Just yesterday, U.S. Marshals arrested a murder suspect who was on the run from Illinois, as well as a longtime Portsmouth resident who was recently charged for a June homicide in Henrico. Earlier in the week, U.S. Marshals and Norfolk detectives made two separate homicide arrests.

On Monday, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and Norfolk detectives arrested Malcolm Robinson for a homicide that occurred on Saturday. On Tuesday, U.S. Marshals and Norfolk detectives arrested Grenah Garnett who was charged with killing a man the day prior.

On Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Marshals and members of the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office and Chesapeake Police Department and arrested 34-year-old Winston Bernard Black Jr. in Chesapeake. Black, a longtime Portsmouth resident, was charged for allegedly shooting a man to death on June 10, 2016, at the Motel 6 on Williamsburg Road in Henrico. On August 18, 2016, Black was charged with attempted first degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony for his alleged role in this shooting, and the Henrico Police Department asked the U.S. Marshals to locate and arrest Black. Black is being held at the Chesapeake City Jail awaiting extradition to Henrico.

Early Wednesday evening, U.S. Marshals arrested a fugitive in Hampton who was wanted for murder in Harvey, Illinois. On June 14, 2016, it is alleged that 31-year-old Antowaun Mathis shot and killed a male victim. On June 21, 2016, Mathis was charged with first degree murder and the Harvey Police Department asked the U.S. Marshals in Chicago for assistance in arresting Mathis. U.S. Marshals figured out that Mathis had fled Illinois and was staying with family in Hampton. Mathis is being held at the Hampton City Jail awaiting extradition to Illinois.

The U.S. Marshals-led Fugitive Task Force consists of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office, Newport News Police Department, Portsmouth Police Department and Norfolk Police Department. The main objective of the task force is to seek out and arrest violent offenders with outstanding federal and state warrants.

The U.S. Marshals Service, America’s first federal law enforcement agency, arrested more than 33,300 federal fugitives, 66,300 state and local fugitives and 11,700 sex offenders in 2015. Our investigative network and capabilities allow for the unique ability to track and apprehend any fugitive who attempts to evade police capture, anywhere in the country.

U.S. Marshals Nab Violent Fugitive

Burlington, VT - The U.S. Marshals Service, Vermont Violent Offender Task Force arrested a fugitive wanted by the Richmond Police Department on a warrant for multiple felonies, including Aggravated Domestic Assault 1st degree, Unlawful Restraint and Kidnapping.

David Gates, 29, of Barre, Vermont was arrested during the day on August 25th, 2016 in Barton, Vermont when confronted by Deputy U.S. Marshals, members of the Vermont Violent Offender Task Force, and Deputies from the Orleans County Sherriff’s Department.

Richmond Police Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service in locating and apprehending Gates on August 24th, 2016. Gates last known residence was in Barre, VT and his current whereabouts were unknown.

The fugitive investigation led the U.S. Marshals Service to an address in Barton VT, where Gates was located and apprehended.

Gates has an extensive and significant criminal history in the State of Vermont. His history includes multiple convictions for felony Aggravated Assaults, Reckless Endangerment, Escape, False Information to Law Enforcement, Parole and Probation Violations.

Gates bail is set at $15,000 at the time of his arrest. Gates will be arraigned at the Orleans County District Court today.

This arrest was the result of a culmination of investigative efforts by the U.S. Marshals VVOTF, Richmond Police Department, Orleans County Sherriff’s Department and Newport Police Department.

ATF Offers Reward in Gun Store Burglary

ATF, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and the firearms industry seek public’s help in Selma firearms theft

SELMA, Ala. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in conjunction with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, Selma Police Department and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction for those responsible for the theft of firearms from Central Alabama Farmers Coop, a federal firearm licensee (FFL).

On Aug. 25, 2016, Central Alabama Farmers Coop, 2519 U.S. Highway 80 W, was burglarized and approximately nine firearms were reported stolen to the Selma Police Department. ATF industry operations investigators are in the process of conducting an inventory to determine the exact number of firearms stolen.

ATF is offering the reward in the amount of up to $2,500, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of up to $5,000. This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF’s reward in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers. ATF works closely with members of the firearm industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the ATF at (800) ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867) or the (334) 874-2190.

ATF is the lead federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction involving firearms and violent crimes, and regulates the firearm industry. More information about ATF and its programs is available at