Criminal Justice News

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

U.S. Marshals and Norfolk Police Target Gang Members, Arrest 3 Homicide Suspects



Five Guns and Stolen Vehicle Also Seized

Norfolk, VA - U.S. Marshals teamed up with the Norfolk fugitive squad, gang squad, and homicide division to capture three homicide suspects and take several firearms off the street this week. All three homicide suspects were taken into custody within 24 hours of their arrest warrants being issued.

Around 8:00 pm on April 26 Norfolk police responded to a shooting in the 300 block of East Olney Road. Two juvenile victims were found suffering from gunshot wounds and were transported to the hospital. One of the victims died as a result of the shooting.

On May 11, Norfolk police charged three individuals, all suspected gang members, with murder and related charges in connection to this shooting. Marshals and the Norfolk fugitive squad quickly found and arrested two of the murder suspects yesterday at separate locations in the Berkley section of Norfolk: 18-year-old Robert Vick, and Tranathan Holmes, who celebrated his eighteenth birthday yesterday.

This morning, U.S. Marshals and the Norfolk fugitive squad captured the third suspect, a juvenile, after he tried running out the back door of a residence near the intersection of Indian River Road and Kempsville Road in Virginia Beach.

In addition to these three homicide arrests, Marshals and the Norfolk police made numerous other gang-related arrests this week and took several firearms off the street. In total, five guns were seized this week, in addition to the recovery of one stolen vehicle.

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 25,000 federal fugitives, 63,000 state and local fugitives and 11,000 sex offenders in 2016. 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.

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