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FBI most wanted 'Marlon Jones' arrested in California

Published:Saturday | December 3, 2016 | 12:58 PM
US Top 10 Fugitive Marlon Jones.

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican fugitive who was this week added to the FBI's list of the Ten Most Wanted list has been captured, the United States law enforcement agency has reported.

The FBI reported that the man they believe to be Marlon Jones was captured after a brief foot chase in the state of California last night, just over 24 hours after he became the 510th person to make the Ten Most Wanted list.

According to media reports in the US, police in Los Angeles, acting on a tip, stopped a vehicle in which Jones was travelling as it approached the Adams Boulevard exit from the 110 Freeway.

ABC7 News reports that a male passenger fled the vehicle on foot and later jumped off the freeway onto 33rd Street before he was arrested by police.

It said the suspect was seen limping as he was loaded into an ambulance.

"Suspect believed to be Top 10 Fugitive Marlon Jones in custody by FBI Fugitive Task Force @LAPDHQ after pursuit one day after placed on list," the FBI tweeted after the arrest.

While acknowledging that Jones' identity and nationality is still uncertain, FBI Special Agent Scott Garriola said investigators are calling him 'Marlon Jones'.

In a statement posted on the FBI's website, Garriola said 'Jones'  has an "extensive violent criminal" history and uses multiple aliases and dates of birth.

"We're calling him Marlon Jones based on his criminal history in New York, but at this point it's anyone's guess what his actual birth name is. We don't believe he is a US citizen," Garriola said.

He said Jones is wanted for murder arising from the early-morning killing of four people, including Jamaican gang leader Robert 'Rodigan' Davis, in California on October 15 this year.

The Los Angeles Police report that 10 persons were also injured in the shooting.

According to the police, the shooting occurred during a birthday party that was being held at a location which is also operated as a Jamaican restaurant.

A reward of US$100,000 or nearly J$13 million was being offered for information leading to his capture.

Garriola, who is a member of the FBI's Los Angeles Fugitives Task Force, said investigations have so far revealed that 'Jones' is part of Jamaican criminal group, based on the US East Coast, that is involved in the illegal distribution of ganja.

He said it is believed that 'Jones' and his crew were in Los Angeles trying to settle a dispute with a rival Jamaican crew.