Most Wanted: Fugitive on parole for attempted murder sought

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U.S. marshals are looking for a tattooed Maryland man who they say violated his parole for attempted murder, and they are asking the public for information that could lead to his arrest.

Forty-year-old John Clayton is also wanted in Charles County for violating his probation for his 2007 conviction for larceny and assault. The attempted murder happened in 1992. Law enforcement officials said he used a handgun in the crime.

"Clayton has a violent history and affinity for guns and has now violated his supervision in two jurisdictions for past bad acts," said Matthew Burke, supervisory inspector for the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. "We'd like to find him before he commits new bad acts."

Clayton is listed as 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds. He has tattoos on his left forearm of a spider, gun and tombstone. On his right arm, he has a cross with blood, sweat and tears.

Clayton's rap sheet also includes arrests for assault, carrying a sawed-off shotgun, drugs, theft and indecent exposure.

He has lived in or frequented the areas of Douglas Road in Southeast Washington, Clinton, Suitland and Temple Hills.

Anyone with information should contact the U.S. Marshals Task Force at 301-489-1717.

Since 2008, The Washington Examiner's "Most Wanted" feature has led directly to the capture or surrender of 52 murderers, armed robbers, kidnappers, sex offenders and drug dealers.

At least nine of the fugitives were wanted for a killing or had previously been convicted of a homicide.

The Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, run by the U.S. Marshals Service, is composed of 30 federal, state and local agencies from Baltimore to Norfolk.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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