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Armed and dangerous ... and on the run

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U.S. marshals are searching for a 43-year-old convicted felon who has been evading authorities for more than a year.

Tasheik Champean, who also goes by the name of Ashanti Champian and Douglas Howell, is wanted for failure to appear on charges of interstate transportation of firearms and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

Champean was arrested by D.C. police in June 2008 for the possession of multiple firearms and ammunition that he was transporting from New York to the District. He was released under personal recognizance then failed to appear for a plea hearing and sentencing in February 2009, marshals and court records said. He has been on the run ever since.

"Champean has been evading authorities for too long and we need the community's assistance in bringing him to justice," said Rob Fernandez, of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Champean has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1994 including multiple firearms convictions for which he was sentenced to two years behind bars, marshals said. His is last known to reside in Suitland and is known to frequent Washington.

Champean is described as a black male standing 5-feet-7, weighing 170 pounds with short black hair or a shaved head and beard.

He is considered armed and dangerous, marshals said.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Champean is urged to call the U.S. Marshals Service at 800-336-0102. The Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, run by the U.S. Marshals Service, is comprised of 30 federal, state and local agencies from Baltimore to Norfolk. The unit has captured more than 29,000 wanted fugitives since its creation in 2004.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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