Criminal Justice News

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

U.S. Marshals Arrest York Murder Fugitive in Memphis

Fatal shooting occurred in February 2013

Harrisburg, PA – Today, United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced the arrest of Derrick Eugene Johnson, a 23-year old man, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Johnson was being sought for a homicide that occurred on February 17, 2013 in the 600 block of East Market Street in York. The victim, a 21 year old male, died from gunshot wounds.

On March 11, an arrest warrant was issued by Magisterial District Judge Linda Williams, charging Johnson with Criminal Homicide.

At the request of the York City Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania began investigating the whereabouts of Johnson shortly after the murder. U.S. Marshals based in Harrisburg developed information that Johnson may have fled to the greater Memphis area. An investigative lead was sent to U.S. Marshals Service personnel based in Memphis.

During the evening hours of May 13, U.S. Marshals Service personnel located and arrested Johnson in Memphis. The fugitive was taken into custody without incident.

Johnson was turned over to local authorities for processing, and subsequently lodged in the Shelby County Criminal Justice Complex. He will await a local hearing to determine his extradition to York.

United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “This investigation demonstrates the Marshals Service’s ability to coordinate with other law enforcement agencies to bring this alleged murderer to justice. It is our top priority to arrest violent crime fugitives, especially those who have no regard for human life.”

U.S. Marshals were assisted by personnel from the York City Police Department. This agency is a participating member of the USMS Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Additional assistance was provided by the U.S. Marshals Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, as well as Deputy U.S. Marshals from the Western District of Tennessee.

The concept of all USMS-led fugitive task forces is to seek out and arrest the nation’s most dangerous offenders.

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