MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Deputy U.S. Marshals and investigators with the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force(GCRFTF) and Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff’s arrested Rodney King this morning on East Fourth St. in Montgomery. During the investigation this morning to locate King, investigators seized a short barreled shotgun and a 9mm pistol.
The U.S. Marshals Task Force in Montgomery received information from the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force (GLRFTF) in Chicago that Rodney King was believed to have fled to Montgomery after his involvement in a shooting in Chicago. Chicago investigators informed the Marshals that on March 16, 2011, King, while armed with a 9mm pistol, shot an individual in Chicago and fortunately the victim survived. King is charged with Attempted First Degree Murder. He is a known member of the Black Gangster Disciples street gang in Chicago and is a suspect in several other crimes of violence in the Chicago area.
Task Force investigators were able to determine that King was hiding at a house on East Fourth St. and the arrest team converged on the residence as King was leaving. “King was taken in to custody without incident”, said U.S. Marshal Art Baylor. “Even though our task force arrests dangerous criminals and sexual predators every day, it is always rewarding when we are able to get a violent offender like King off the streets of Montgomery”, Baylor added.
The Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force (GCRFTF) is comprised of state and local law enforcement officers from Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee, who work with Deputy U.S. Marshals to apprehend state and local violent offenders and sexual predators. The Montgomery Division of the GCRFTF consists of law enforcement officers from the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, Alabama Department of Corrections, Montgomery Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriffs Department, Macon County Sheriffs Department, Alex City Police Department, Alabama Beverage Control Board, Dothan Police Department, Houston County Sheriffs Department, and Coffee County Sheriffs Department.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.