The life of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017
The life of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force
The life of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. Annie McCormick reports during Action News at 4:30 p.m. on November 7, 2017.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- The U.S. Fugitive Task Force is hard at work on the streets of Philadelphia every day, getting the most wanted men and women off the streets.

Action News was on the 200 block of Rosemont with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force as they kicked off the month of November by hitting the streets of Philadelphia with a handful of warrants.

Supervisor Deputy U.S Marshal Rob Clark said, "This morning we had five different warrants for fugitives with significant criminal history."

They organize at dawn and work through the morning traveling in a convoy through the city.

When they arrive to the address of a potential lead, their approach is swift.

While this group moves in and makes an arrest, another group is already waiting at the next target.

In this case, a suspect was wanted for failure to register as a sex offender in Delaware.

A crew was here ahead of time, spotted him and took him into custody.

On Tuesday morning, the force was successful in finding three of the five fugitives on their list and took them into custody.

A fourth later turned himself in.

The warrants came from state and local police, probation and parole, and some from out of state.

They also take on the high profile cases.

Just this September while working with Philadelphia police, they found the two brothers, Maurice and Marvin Roberts, accused in the shooting death of 38-year-old Gerard Grandzol.

The father was murdered in front of his 2-year-old during an attempted carjacking.

And an out of state task force nabbed Derrick Rollins, accused of the murder of John Le in Haverford, Delaware County over the summer.

"We are consistently busy no matter what the crime rate is. People are always reaching out to the U.S. Marshals for business and that's because we have 40 some odd investigators ready to go day and night," Supervisor Clark said.

It's the tips the marshals are looking for. They are asking the public for help finding these fugitives in particular.

A tipster can get anywhere from $500 to $2,000. Unlike other departments, the federal agency can pay out quickly. The number is 866-865-TIPS.

"If we can make an arrest based on your tips, we can pay our cash rewards just for the information leading to the arrest, it doesn't have to be a conviction," said Supervisor Clark.


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