Criminal Justice News

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

U.S. Marshals End New Jersey Homicide Suspect's Run in Charlotte, North Carolina



Charlotte, NC – Yesterday afternoon at 3:15 PM, Kyle Rodriquez, a 32 year old, Black Male was arrested after a combined effort by the U.S. Marshals Task Force members from both Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina. Rodriquez was wanted by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office for the May 2013 murder of a man in Camden, New Jersey. The victim had been shot several times in the head and torso.

The U.S. Marshals New York / New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force (NY/NJRFTF) had begun the fugitive investigation on Rodriquez. Information was developed leading investigators to believe that Rodriquez had fled to North Carolina. The U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force (JFTF) was able to link Rodriquez to multiple individuals in both Cabarrus and Mecklenburg counties that had ties to New Jersey. JFTF investigators were led to an address in Charlotte and after several hours of surveillance, Rodriquez was taken into custody without incident at 2517 Rozzelle Ferry Rd. At the time of his arrest, Rodriquez was in possession of numerous fictitious identification documents. Investigators transported Rodriquez to the Mecklenburg County jail where he awaits extradition back to New Jersey to face these charges.

The U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force for the Middle District of North Carolina is comprised of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, Chapel Hill Police Department, Durham Police Department, Greensboro Police Department, High Point Police Department, Winston-Salem Police Department, Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Department of Community Corrections – Probation & Parole.

U.S. Marshals Make "Speedy" Arrest



Roswell, NM – On Thursday, April 17, 2014, U.S. Marshals and the Roswell Police Department arrested Carl “Speedy” Burleson out of the Summit Apartments in Roswell, NM. Burleson was wanted on charges stemming from absconding from a re-entry facility and using methamphetamine. Burleson served a 40 month sentence in prison following a conviction for felon in possession of a Firearm. Burleson has an extensive violent criminal history.

Burleson is a member of "Crazy Town Roswell" a New Mexico Department of Corrections prison gang made up of prisoners from the Roswell area. Burleson is also a member of the "Surenos" street gang and during his most recent term of confinement became a member of the SNM (Syndicato Nuevo Mexico) prison gang which is known for extreme violence.

U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests Dauphin County Megan's Law Offender in Greenville, NC



Harrisburg, PA – Today, U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced that the United States Marshals Service (USMS) Fugitive Task Force arrested Fontel Waddell – a convicted sex offender last registered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

On Apr. 30, 2008, Waddell was convicted of Indecent Assault upon a Minor in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. This conviction required him to register as a sex offender. In December of 2012, Waddell registered an address in Harrisburg. At that time, he was also under the supervision of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole.

Later that same month, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole issued a warrant for Waddell’s arrest after he absconded from supervision. On Sept. 6, 2013, the Harrisburg Bureau of Police obtained an arrest warrant charging Waddell with failing to update his sex offender registration information. In October of 2013, officials of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole requested that the USMS Fugitive Task Force assist in locating and arresting Waddell.

Deputy Marshals from the Harrisburg office pursued leads in Pennsylvania and Maryland, which led them to believe that Waddell had fled to North Carolina. In early April of 2014, an investigative lead was sent to the USMS office in Greenville, North Carolina.

Investigators learned Waddell was living under the alias name of Nathaniel Kobelt. Today, at about 10:15 AM, Deputy Marshals arrested Waddell without incident at an apartment in the 3300 block of Moseley Drive in Greenville. Waddell was detained at the Pitt County Detention Center in North Carolina, to await extradition to Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

Waddell remains under investigation for violations of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 – which made it a federal crime for a convicted sex offender to flee across state lines to avoid sex offender registration requirements. It also designated the USMS as the federal agency responsible for helping local and state authorities locate and arrest convicted sex offenders who fail to comply with their registration requirements.

United States Marshal Pane said, “This case clearly demonstrates both the Marshals Service’s commitment to locating and arresting fugitive sex offenders, as well as its outstanding relationship with state and local police agencies across the nation.”

Attempted First Degree Murder Suspect Arrested in High Point, North Carolina by U.S. Marshals



High Point, NC – This morning at 11:00 AM, Dorian Dent Williams, a 22 year old, Black Male, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force (JFTF) and High Point Police Department. Williams had warrants for three counts of Attempt First Degree Murder, Assault with a Deadly Weapon Intent to Kill, Assault with a deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury, and Possession of a Firearm by Felon. On March 11, 2014, Williams allegedly discharged a firearm into a group of people who were walking on the sidewalk as Williams drove by in a vehicle. As a result of the shooting, one of the victims sustained a non-life threatening wound.

Members of the JFTF conducted surveillance at a business located in the 100 block of West Ward Avenue. Investigators observed Williams leaving the business and get into a vehicle with another individual. A vehicle takedown was performed at a nearby intersection and Williams was placed into custody. Williams was turned over to the High Point Police Officers who responded to the scene.

The U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force for the Middle District of North Carolina is comprised of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, Chapel Hill Police Department, Durham Police Department, Greensboro Police Department, High Point Police Department, Winston-Salem Police Department, Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Department of Community Corrections – Probation & Parole.

U.S. Marshals Seek Public's Help to Locate Wanted Fugitive




The United States Marshals Service is asking for your assistance in locating Rufus Phelps, a wanted fugitive who is considered armed and dangerous.

Rufus Phelps currently has a Bench Warrant issued for his arrest for Failure to Comply with Conditions of Pre-Trial, Court case D-202-CR-201304343, in Bernalillo County District Court. A grand jury indicted Phelps on September 12, 2013 on the following charges related to this case: Aggravated Assault Against a Household Member (Deadly Weapon), Aggravated Assault (Deadly Weapon), Possession of a Firearm or Destructive Device by a Felon, Possession of Controlled Substance (Felony-Narcotic Drug), Use or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Negligent Use of a Deadly Weapon (Discharge).

A warrant in United States District Court is forthcoming related to the Assault on a Federal Officer.

Phelps has an extensive criminal history which includes the following charges associated with these arrests: Robbery, Unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, Receiving/transferring a stolen vehicle (2008), Aggravated Assault (Deadly Weapon), Tampering with evidence (2009), Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle, Receiving/transferring a stolen vehicle, Aggravated Fleeing a Law Enforcement Officer (2010), Harassment (2010), Battery, Assault (attempted battery), Criminal Damage to Property (2011), Probation Violations related to 2009 case (2013), and Resisting, Evading or Obstructing an officer (2013).

Phelps is a self-admitted Gangster Disciple gang member. Phelps's vehicle was located earlier this morning in the area of Atrisco and Central.

If you have any information into the whereabouts of Rufus Phelps please contact the U.S. Marshals Service at (505) 462-2300 or 911 in an emergency.

Task Force Arrests Fugitive After Making Severe Threats of Violence




Burlington, VT - The U.S. Marshals Service, Vermont Violent Offender Task Force (VVOTF) arrested a fugitive who was wanted for two (2) Felony counts of Violation of an Abuse Prevention Order, Second Offense.

Donald Stetson, 48, of Alburg, Vermont was arrested on April 22, 2014 when located by Deputy U.S. Marshals in Hardwick, VT. Stetson was wanted by the Vermont State Police for two (2) Felony counts of Violation of an Abuse Prevention Order, Second Offense.

On April 4, 2014 a warrant was issued for Stetson’s arrest, as his whereabouts where unknown. On April 16, 2014, the Vermont State Police contacted the U.S. Marshals Service, seeking the assistance in locating Stetson.

Stetson has multiple arrests for Violating Abuse Prevention Orders an extensive history of involvements with various police departments across the state. Stetson is scheduled to be arraigned at Chittenden Criminal Court sometime today.

The arrest was a result of a culmination of investigative efforts by the U.S. Marshals Service, the Vermont State Police and Homeland Security Investigations. All inquiries in regards to this investigation should be directed to the Vermont State Police, Williston Barracks.