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For Immediate Release

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November 21, 2013 Amelia Swenhaugen, Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Arizona – Phoenix (602) 828-8349
Violent Fugitive Placed on U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted List Apprehended in Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ – Cameron Leezell Taylor, 26, was taken into custody tonight by Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers at an apartment complex in Phoenix, Arizona. Taylor was wanted by the Phoenix Police Department on allegations of attempted murder, aggravated assault, endangerment, assisting a criminal street gang and a drive-by shooting. Taylor was also wanted by the U.S. Marshals in Arizona for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, and was added to the Marshals Top 15 Most Wanted list in June of this year.

On March 23, 2009, Taylor, along with two other gang members, allegedly drove through a south Phoenix neighborhood in an attempt to locate and murder rival gang members including a pregnant female. The targeted gang members were located in a vehicle and Taylor, along with two other fellow gang members allegedly opened fire, striking the vehicle several times. In the process, 54 year old Gilbert Leon, who was returning home from visiting his parents and spending time with his nephew, was passing by in his vehicle and was struck by a stray bullet which killed him instantly. One of the targeted individuals was struck in the back and a stray bullet struck another passing vehicle. Other drivers were also caught in the crossfire during the shooting, but no one else sustained life-threatening injuries

“Fugitives like Taylor who are alleged to show such lack of regard for human life hold a permanent place at the forefront of our investigations,” said U.S. Marshal David Gonzales from the District of Arizona. “What they fail to realize is that the importance of their capture does not diminish as time passes, rather it only increases public awareness and law enforcement initiative to apprehend them.”

The United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all other federal agencies combined.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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