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For Immediate Release

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December 19, 2011 Dominic Guadagnoli
Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (850) 554-6602;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Man Wanted in Baby Slaying Captured by U.S. Marshals after Being Aired on America’s Most Wanted

Mesquite, TX – The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force announces the capture of a Pensacola man who is accused of shooting and killing a baby in a housing complex in Pensacola in mid-July of this year. Dwayne Cordell Pinestraw, 20, aka “Money” was apprehended by the Dallas U.S. Marshals North Texas Fugitive Task Force at 6:45 this evening without incident. Pinestraw, using the alias “Nicholas Williams” was found hiding out at a house believed to be the home of a girl he befriended in recent months. According to U.S. Marshals on the scene they had to force the door open to apprehend the fugitive. They have also recovered a 9mm handgun, marijuana and fake identification. The Marshals were able to capture Pinestraw only 48 hours after he was aired on America’s Most Wanted Saturday night. The show was a two hour special highlighting the U.S. Marshals and spearheading some of their priority cases.

“Although we had leads to the Dallas area we could never pinpoint his location,” said Inspector Dominic Guadagnoli of the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force in Pensacola. “It’s simple; without AMW (America’s Most Wanted) he’d still be a fugitive.”

Pinestraw had immediately eluded law enforcement after the killing he is alleged to have committed and has been on the run since. The Marshals had been asked to help in the fugitive investigation by Pensacola Police Department after their leads in Pensacola had gone stale. The US Marshals Task Force has been working this case non-stop since following leads to Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, Texas, Georgia and Missouri.

Pinestraw was being sought for Homicide, Aggravated Battery, and Firing a Missile Into a Dwelling as a result of what appears to be a retaliation shooting after Pinestraw was allegedly ripped off by other men of drugs and a gun. The investigation determined that on July 15 of this year he allegedly went into the Pensacola Village housing complex at 500 East Fairfield Drive in Pensacola to seek out those who wronged him. Reportedly Pinestraw shot into an apartment window with what was said to be a .45 caliber handgun striking and killing 19 month old Ty’Quarius Moultrie. Also shot and wounded during the assault was 23 year old Vincent Dennis according to police reports.

Pinestraw was brought to the Dallas County Jail and booked in without a bond.

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

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