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For Immediate Release

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April 04, 2012 Dominic Guadagnoli
Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (850) 554-6602;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Fugitive who fled During Murder Trial Captured with Stolen Gun and Drugs by U.S. Marshals

Loxley, AL – A Pensacola man who never returned from a break during the jury deliberations of which he was on trial for murder, was apprehended last night by the combined effort of U.S. Marshals from Mobile, AL and Pensacola, FL. Task Force members from the Gulf Coast and Florida Regional Fugitive Task Forces arrested Ortavious Devon Wilson at the Loxley Motel at about 7 p.m. last night. The 33 year old Wilson was arrested outside of a room he rented without incident. However, a search of the room revealed a 9mm handgun that was reportedly stolen from Escambia County, FL last year, as well as substances that appeared to be crack cocaine and marijuana and drug paraphernalia indicative of dealing and selling drugs. U.S. Marshals from Pensacola and Mobile as well as Task Force Officers from the Florida State Attorney’s Office, Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, Monroeville Police Department and the Alabama Department of Corrections also assisted. At the time of his arrest, Wilson had the gun’s magazine in his pocket and which was loaded with three bullets in it. Wilson is not currently facing any local charges in Alabama but stands to face charges from the United States Attorney’s Office in Mobile as well as The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Escambia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.

Shortly after Wilson fled the courtroom at the Escambia County Courthouse he was found guilty in the murder trial. Wilson was brought to the Baldwin County Jail in Alabama and remanded without bond.

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

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