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For Immediate Release

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November 10, 2010 SDUSM Mike Powell, Southern District of Iowa (515) 284-6240
U.S. Marshals Task Force Captures Florida Fugitive Wanted for Attempted Murder
Knoxville, IA – A team of law enforcement officers led by U.S. Marshals arrested a major fugitive wanted by Florida authorities today in Knoxville, Iowa.

Jason Phillip Haikey, 33, was being sought on warrants issued in Orlando, Orange County, Florida charging him with attempted murder and armed robbery.  The charges stemmed from Haikey and another man, Mark Ward, allegedly shooting a third man during a robbery attempt in Orlando in October.  The victim survived, and Ward was arrested by local authorities in Florida shortly after the shooting. 

Orlando Police and U.S. Marshals in the Middle District of Florida believed Haikey fled to Iowa after learning of Ward’s arrest.  That information was passed on to investigators with the Southern Iowa Fugitive Task Force, a team of local, state, and federal law enforcement officers led by the U.S. Marshals in Des Moines.   Task force investigators developed additional information which led to Haikey’s arrest today in Knoxville, Iowa where Haikey was living and working as a roofer.  Haikey was arrested without incident and is being held in the Marion County Jail in Knoxville pending extradition back to Florida.

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of approximately 34,000 federal fugitives. More federal fugitives are arrested by Marshals than all other federal agencies combined.

The Southern Iowa Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, ATF, and the Iowa Department of Public Safety.  The task force objective is to seek out and arrest violent fugitives wanted on outstanding local, state, or federal felony warrants.  Last year, U.S. Marshals-led task forces arrested more than 27,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

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