OXFORD – Demarius Deaven was captured today by members of the U.S. Marshals Service’ Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force (GCRFTF) and deputies from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Deaven was wanted in Detroit, MI, on first degree murder charges. It is alleged that Deaven and his victim got into a physical altercation over $20. The victim purportedly got the best of Deaven and Deaven left the scene and returned with a firearm, which he used to allegedly shoot and kill the victim.
Deputy U.S. Marshals from the Eastern District of Michigan Fugitive Task Force developed information that Deaven had fled to Mississippi on a Greyhound bus and accordingly, they reached out to the Oxford Division of the GCRFTF for assistance. The task force setup surveillance at several locations in Aberdeen, MS, and once Deaven’s location was pinpointed; officers arrested him without incident. Deaven was transported to the Monroe County Jail to await extradition back to Detroit.
Acting U.S. Marshal Jeff Woodfin stated, “With the help of our state and local partners, we will continue to hunt down these criminals and bring them to justice when they flee to the Northern District of Mississippi.”
In July of 2006, the United States Marshals Service established the Gulf Coast Regional
Fugitive Task Force (GCRFTF). The task force covers the entire states of Mississippi and Alabama, New Orleans, LA and Memphis, TN. Primarily, the task force focuses on violent state and federal fugitives. Full-time members of the task force are as follows: U.S. Marshals Service, Mississippi Department of Corrections, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Desoto County Sheriff’s Office, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, Panola County Sheriff’s Office and Tate County Sheriff’s Office.