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Most Wanted: Limo driver with killer past goes on the run

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Local,Crime,Scott McCabe

U.S. marshals are looking for a convicted killer who has violated his parole and has gone on the lam, authorities said.

Melvin Dexter Brooks was convicted of murder, contempt and narcotics distribution in 1981 and sentenced to 45 years.

He did time until 1993 but has been rearrested for a series of firearms and drug offenses and parole violations, authorities said.

"Brooks has a long history of drug abuse and violence. If he's currently using drugs, we don't need him on the street," said Supervisory Inspector Matt Burke, of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. "We'd like to get him into custody quickly."

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A warrant for his arrest was issued in October, and members of the task force are asking for information that can lead to his arrest.

Brooks, who also goes by the name Strawberry, has distinctive freckles on his face, and he is missing his middle and ring fingers on his left hand. He is listed as 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds.

In the past, Brooks has worked as a limo driver, but investigators do not know how he is supporting himself now.

He has lived in Upper Marlboro and Southeast Washington and has frequented the areas of Langston Place SE and Alabama Avenue SE.

Anyone with information regarding Brooks' whereabouts should contact the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force at 301-489-1717.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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