U.S. Marshal Bobby Mathieson announces the capture of Luis Guzman-Ventura. This fugitive was being sought by the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for first degree murder amongst several other charges including, but not limited to, assault and reckless endangerment.
It is alleged that Guzman-Ventura shot and killed a 14-year-old fellow gang member in Hyattsville, MD in the midnight hour of Dec. 5, 2012. Law enforcement authorities who responded to this incident captured the get-away driver, but Guzman-Ventura is believed to have fled on foot. For several months, this suspect made many attempts to conceal his location and evade capture. PGSO requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service in April.
On Monday afternoon, the Department of Homeland Security Investigations and local gang units developed information leading them to believe that Guzman-Ventura may be in the Petersburg, VA area. The USMS was immediately notified and members of USMS, HSI, PGSO and Chesterfield County Police Department were dispatched to the suspected Petersburg location.
Authorities were able to locate Guzman-Ventura in the Petersburg area at approximately 1:30 a.m. yesterday morning. When authorities announced their presence at the address the fugitive attempted to flee from the rear of the residence, but was immediately captured without incident.
The U.S. Marshals Service arrested more than 36,300 federal fugitives and 86,700 state and local fugitives in fiscal year 2012. www.USMarshals.gov.