Two wanted fugitives, including a convicted murderer wanted for a federal parole violation, were apprehended Friday by the U.S. Marshal Service's Mountain State Fugitive Task Force.
Tony Hodge, 33, of Martinsburg, was wanted by the U.S. Parole Office for violation of parole on an underlying charge of murder, authorities said.
Hodge, originally from Washington, D.C., was being supervised by a Martinsburg federal parole officer. The fugitive task force began looking for Hodge earlier in the week around Berkeley County after information was developed that Hodge was staying in the 300 block of N. Maple Ave. in Martinsburg.
Officers were able to locate him in a home on that block and took him into custody without incident. Hodge remains in custody at the Eastern Regional Jail while he awaits the outcome of his federal parole hearing.
The task force also apprehended Bernard Phillips IV, 29, of Runnymeade Road, Inwood, Friday.
Phillips was wanted by the Frederick County (Va.) Sheriff's Department for failing to appear in court on multiple fraud charges. The sheriff's department requested the assistance of the fugitive task force when the agency learned Phillips was living in Inwood. Members of the task force located Phillips in a bedroom of a residence located at 166 Runnymeade Road. He was booked as a fugitive from justice and, as of Friday, was being held at the Eastern Regional Jail while awaiting extradition back to Virginia.
Friday's arrests by the task force came just a day after two other fugitives wanted by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department on charges of night time burglary and grand larceny were apprehended.
Rodney Vincent Shiflett, 20, was arrested Thursday at his residence, located at 129 Euclid Ave. in Charles Town. Shiflett was found hiding in a closet in an upstairs bedroom. Since firearms were taken during the burglary Shiflett was charged in, he was believed to be armed. The U.S. Marshals Service was requested to provide assistance with locating and apprehending Shiflett, authorities said.
Kevin Lamont Clark, aka "Spanky," 20, was also arrested Thursday by the Capitol Area Fugitive Task Force. As a result of the investigation into the whereabouts of both Clark and Shiflett, information was received that Clark was staying at a residence located at 1701 N. George Mason Ave. in Arlington, Va. The Captiol Area Fugitive Task Force was notified and took Clark into custody without incident, authorities said.
Shiflett and Clark were wanted in connection with an alleged April 30 burglary in Shannondale that was being investigated by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. Arrest warrants were obtained for both Shiflett and Clark, but attempts to serve those warrants were unsuccessful, and the U.S. Marshals Service was requested to provide assistance with locating and apprehending Shiflett and Clark.
Even with the arrest of both Shiflett and Clark, the investigation into the incident is continuing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Deputy Rjasko at 304-728-3205.
Agencies that participated in Thursday's arrests were the U.S. Marshals Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the Capitol Area Fugitive Task Force, the West Virginia State Police, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, the Charles Town Police Department and the Shepherdstown Police Department
The Mountain State Fugitive Task Force is comprised of three offices and covers the northern portion of West Virginia. The task force's Martinsburg office consists of officers from the West Virginia State Police, Martinsburg Police Department, Shepherdstown Police Department, Berkeley County Sheriff Department, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Mineral County Sheriff's Department, Morgan County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Marshals Service.
The primary mission of the U.S. Marshals-led task forces is to locate and capture fugitives charged with violent crimes, drug crimes, sex offenses and other violent felony offenses.