TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — Deangelo Martinez, the 19-year-old Topekan wanted by the Shawnee County Sheriff’s office on a murder charge, was arrested on Wednesday in Oklahoma.
On April 8, officers in Topeka went to a shooting in the 2000 block of SE Echo Ridge Circle. When they arrived, they found 20-year-old Brian Miller with life-threatening injuries behind a house. He was taken to a local hospital where he died of his injuries.
A warrant for Martinez’ arrest on one count of murder in the first degree was subsequently issued that same month, but he fled the state to avoid being prosecuted. The other person of interest in the shooting, 17-year-old Christopher Pattillo, Jr., was arrested on April 12 in Wichita, Kan. by U.S. Marshals.
Officials continued to look for Martinez during this time and information was developed that pointed to him being in Oklahoma City, Okla.
With the help of the U.S. Marshals Oklahoma City Metro Fugitive Squad, Martinez was identified and taken into custody without incident on June 1. He was then was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail and will be held there awaiting extradition back to Shawnee County.
Also arrested was 23-year-old Anthony Laverne Marshall III, from Topeka, who was wanted on two counts of aggravated robbery in Douglas County, Kan.
The aforementioned squad included: The U.S. Marshals Service, the FBI, the Oklahoma City Police Department, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics, the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and the Oklahoma City Police Department Gang Unit.
The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional fugitive task force comprised of the United States Marshals Service, Topeka Police Department, Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Kansas Department of Corrections.