Most Wanted: Marshals seek fugitive with 'telling' tattoo

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U.S. marshals are looking for a fugitive with a tattoo of what appears to be a violent crime scene on his arm.

Gerald Cecil Sedwick Jr., 29, has a rap sheet that includes arrests on charges of attempted murder, armed drug dealing and armed carjacking in the District and Prince George's County.

Sedwick, who also uses the last name Sedgwick, has multiple tattoos, including one on his right bicep showing a person pointing a gun at three people.

Matt Burke, supervisory inspector of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, called the tattoo "very telling."

"He seems to have such a taste for misusing firearms that he's made it a permanent part of his life with his tattoo," Burke said. "We'd like to take him into custody before he can recreate this image in real life."

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies recently said they solved a homicide after noticing that the ink drawing on a suspect's chest showed details from a liquor-store slaying. Tattoos sometimes are used to boost a person's "street credibility."

Sedwick is accused of walking away from a halfway house in D.C., where he was supposed to finish out a three-and-a-half year sentence for a 2009 conviction for selling heroin while armed.

The 6-foot-1, 217-pound Sedwick has other distinguishing characteristics. He has tribal tattoos on his left arm and a scar above his right eyebrow.

He is known to frequent Suitland, Forestville, Temple Hills and the District.

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

The Washington Examiner last week was credited with the capture of its 50th fugitive since the "Most Wanted" feature was created in 2008.

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

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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