Reader tip leads to violent fugitive’s capture

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Local,Crime,Emily Babay

A tip from a Washington Examiner reader who spotted a wanted fugitive in a Woodbridge neighborhood has led to the man’s arrest.

Vontante Talley, charged in the District with distributing cocaine, was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service after he missed an August court date. Talley, whose criminal history in D.C. and North Carolina spans back to the early 1990s, was featured in The Examiner on Oct. 20.

The next day, a reader called to say that he had seen the 39-year-old Talley in a residential neighborhood in Woodbridge, Eric Mellette of the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Deputies went to the neighborhood and observed Talley on a front porch and going in and out of a house.

He was taken into custody without incident at about 6 p.m., Mellette said.

Talley is the second fugitive in the past two weeks to be taken into custody after having been featured in The Examiner.

Illya Truesdale, 44, turned himself in after a family member saw his story and photo in the newspaper in mid-October. Truesdale, whose criminal record includes assault, weapons and property charges, had been wanted since May for violating parole.

The Examiner features a “Most Wanted” fugitive each week, and at least 23 fugitives have been captured or turned themselves in after their stories were published.

Talley is in custody and a status hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 10 in D.C. Superior Court. He has entered a plea of not guilty.

No drugs were found on him when he was apprehended in Woodbridge, Mellette said.

Talley was arrested in early August on charges of distributing cocaine in Southeast D.C. and had been wanted since he didn’t show up for an arraignment hearing on Aug. 31.

His criminal background includes convictions for assault with intent to kill, robbery, drug possession with intent to distribute and carrying a pistol without a license.

Records show that Talley has been in and out of prison for the past two decades.

The Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, run by the U.S. Marshals Service, includes 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.

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