FBI adds fugitive Marlon Jones, wanted in LA party shooting, to 10 Most Wanted List
The FBI has added a new name to its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list — a Jamaican national and accused triggerman in a chaotic and bloody gun battle that left four dead at a Los Angeles birthday party.
Marlon Jones, who is described as "armed and extremely dangerous," fled following the Oct. 15 shooting at a home that was temporarily converted into a restaurant. He is believed to be a member of an East Coast Jamaican gang dealing in illegal marijuana, and was visiting Los Angeles from New York at the time of the violence.
"The crimes allegedly committed by Marlon Jones are extremely violent, earning him a place on the FBI's Top Ten List," Deirdre Fike, the assistant director in charge of the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office, said in a statement Thursday.
Los Angeles police say rival gang members, which included Jones, became embroiled in an argument at the gathering in the West Adams section of Los Angeles, and they later came back armed.
In all, four men died and another 10 were hit by gunfire at what was described as a non-permitted Jamaican-Belizean restaurant.
Two men, Jamaican nationals, were initially arrested on suspicion of murder but were later released without charges despite eyewitness accounts and video of the incident.
Jones, who goes by aliases including Rasheen Brantley, Floyd Evans and Anthony Howard, has ties to not just Jamaica, New York and California, but Connecticut, Tennessee and the Virgin Islands as well, authorities said.
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He is described as a black male in his 30s or 40s, about 5-foot-9 and 160 to 170 pounds.
Jones is the 510th person ever added to the Ten Most Wanted list since the FBI unveiled it in 1950.
In May, Federal authorities captured Most Wanted felon Philip Patrick Policarpio in San Ysidro as he was crossing into the U.S. from Tijuana.
The FBI added him to their last after he was accused of shooting his pregnant girlfriend in the head during an argument at a party.