News Release Issued by:
Contact: Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, (202) 345-0199
Saquawn Lavaghn Harris was wanted for Murder I While Armed in an incident that occurred on May 4, 2006 at 3472 22nd Street, SE. He was wanted for killing James Leonard Taylor Jr. The case was being investigated by members of the DC Metropolitan Police Department Violent Crimes Branch. Harris was named as the suspect several weeks ago, and the case was then turned over to the US Marshals Services led Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force (CARFTF).
CARFTF members, led by investigators from the US Marshals and the DC Metropolitan Police, began an intensive investigation for several weeks. The investigation culminated today with the apprehension of Harris. Saquawn Harris was located entering a vehicle around the 4600 block of Martin Luther Kind Dr., in Southwest, DC. Members of the CARFTF mobilized immediately, and Harris was subsequently stopped on I-395 southbound near the 7th Street, SW, exit. Harris was taken into custody without incident and transported to DC MPD Violent Crimes Branch for further processing.
In fiscal year 2005, the Marshals Service cleared 38,500 federal felony warrants. Working with the federal, state, and local levels, Marshals Service-led fugitive task forces cleared an additional 51,200 state and local felony warrants. The United States Marshals Service is the federal government's primary agency for conducting investigations involving escaped federal prisoners; probation, parole, and bond violators; and fugitives based on warrants generated during drug investigations. The Marshals Service is the custodian of all federal arrest warrants until execution or dismissal, and for more than 20 years the agency has specialized in fugitive apprehensive. Within the Marshals Service array of task forces includes the five Regional Fugitive Task Forces, such as the Capital Area, which were appropriated by congress in 2000. The purpose of these regional fugitive task forces is to combine the efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to locate and arrest the most dangerous fugitives and to serve as the focal point for information sharing concerning fugitive matters. They have done so with great success with the five task forces combined closing nearly 20,000 felony warrants by arrest in 2005, which included 663 warrants for homicide.
Note from the Metropolitan Police Department:
Saquawn Lavaghn Harris is 26 years old. His last known address was in the 1500 block of Franklin Street, NE.