Fugitive Marlon Jones Wanted for Multiple Counts of Murder in Los Angeles Added to the FBI’s List of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives
Reward of Up to $100,000 Offered
Update - December 2, 2016: FBI Top Ten Fugitive Marlon Jones is now in custody. Details
FBI Assistant Director in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office Deirdre L. Fike and Charlie Beck, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), announced the addition of a suspect wanted for multiple murders in Los Angeles to the FBI’s list of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives today. Fugitive Marlon Jones marks the 510th addition to the Top Ten list which has been in existence since 1950. Jones is being sought for his alleged involvement in the shooting deaths of four victims in the early morning hours of October 15, 2016. He should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.
While attending a birthday party on October 15, 2016, Jones allegedly shot and killed a rival Jamaican gang member. The party was being held at a crowded home in the West Adams District of Los Angeles that had been temporarily converted into a restaurant, according to detectives with the LAPD’s Criminal Gangs Homicide Division who are investigating the murders. According to detectives, an exchange of gunfire took place between rival gang members, leaving four dead and 10 others wounded.
Jones, who has a violent criminal history in the United States, is believed to be a member of an East Coast Jamaican criminal group involved in the illegal distribution of marijuana and may have been in Los Angeles to settle a disagreement with the rival gang. Jones is believed to be living in the United States illegally.
On October 21, 2016, a local arrest warrant was obtained by the Los Angeles Police Department for Jones in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, California, after he was charged with four counts of murder by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
“The crimes allegedly committed by Marlon Jones are extremely violent, earning him a place on the FBI’s Top Ten list,” said Deirdre L. Fike, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. “The publicity the Top Ten list affords investigators cannot be overstated, as its continued success has shown. Our Fugitive Task Force is highly capable at finding dangerous fugitives and will use their expertise, coupled with the public’s assistance and a large reward offer, to locate and capture Marlon Jones.”
Based on information developed by detectives and members of the Fugitive Task Force, Jones is believed to have fled the state immediately after the shootings. Shortly thereafter, Los Angeles County officials requested the assistance of the FBI in apprehending and returning defendant Jones to Los Angeles to face prosecution by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. On October 31, 2016, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Jones in the United States District Court, Central District of California, after he was charged in a criminal complaint with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
According to the complaint, LAPD detectives investigating the case received information that Jones had been visiting from New York and staying with associates in Los Angeles. All attempts to locate Jones to this point have been unsuccessful.
Marlon Jones is known to have used a variety of aliases to include: Rasheen Brantley; Floyd Evans; Floyd Evans, Jr.; Anthony Howard; Philip L. Schepacarter; Anthony Winter; Anthony Wynter; and Junior.
Jones is further described as follows:
- Dates of birth used: April 14, 1975; October 30, 1981; October 31, 1981; December 17, 1970; May 20, 1975; January 3, 1981; and April 15, 1981
- Place of birth: Jamaica
- Hair: Black
- Eyes: Brown
- Height: 5’9” to 5’10”
- Weight: 160 to 170 pounds
- Race: Black
- Nationality: Jamaican
Jones has violent tendencies and may attempt to flee internationally. He has ties to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Tennessee, the Virgin Islands, and Jamaica.
Marlon Jones replaces Shanika S. Minor on the FBI’s Top Ten List. Minor, who was wanted by the Milwaukee Police Department for the alleged murder of a pregnant woman and her unborn baby and federally for UFAP, was arrested in July at a motel in Fayetteville, North Carolina after a citizen called into the FBI tip line with information.
The FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list was established in March 1950. Since then, 478 fugitives have been apprehended or located; 158 of them as a result of citizen cooperation. Since its inception, there have been 24 fugitives wanted from the Los Angeles region placed on the list. In addition, 35 fugitives that have been placed on the list were arrested in the Los Angeles region.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of Marlon Jones. Anyone with information concerning Marlon Jones should take no action themselves but should immediately contact the nearest FBI office or local law enforcement agency. All information can remain anonymous and confidentiality is guaranteed. Individuals calling from outside of the United States should contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office can be reached 24 hours a day at 888 CANT-HIDE (888 226-8443).
The fugitive investigation is being conducted by the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force in Los Angeles. The task force is a collaboration that has been in place for more than two decades with full time participation by FBI agents; detectives and officers with the Los Angeles Police Department; agents with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Parole Division; and officers with Los Angeles County Probation. The task force receives considerable assistance from agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), including agents with ICE-Homeland Security Investigations. The task force specializes in finding fugitives who are suspected of crimes that occur in the Los Angeles area or suspects who flee from another jurisdiction to the Los Angeles area.