Norfolk, VA – United States Marshal Robert W. Mathieson announces the capture of Malik Santiago. Santiago, a 23 year-old New York native, was wanted by the New York Police Department for a weapons offense stemming from a shooting that occurred in March of this year.
On March 23, 2015, it is alleged that Santiago pulled out a handgun during an argument and shot another male in the leg while at a nightclub in Queens, New York. NYPD issued a warrant for his arrest on June 26, and learned that Santiago had already fled New York with his girlfriend. Furthermore, it was suspected that the pair was possibly staying with Santiago’s relatives in Hampton Roads.
On the morning of July 8, 2015, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force spotted Santiago’s girlfriend departing a residence by herself on the 1100 block of Holt Street in Norfolk. The Norfolk Police Department and a Canine Unit responded to the area. Around noon, officers took Santiago into custody without incident in the entry way of the residence.
Santiago is currently being held at Norfolk City Jail awaiting extradition to New York.
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 oldest federal law enforcement agency, arrested more than 33,700 federal fugitives, 71,000 state and local fugitives and 11,600 sex offenders in 2014. 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.