U.S. Marshals capture 'most wanted' Richmond fugitive

U.S. Marshals capture 'most wanted' Richmond fugitive

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A man who is on the U.S. Marshals' 15 Most Wanted list in connection to a murder in Richmond has been captured in the British Virgin Islands.

J'Wa Charlery was arrested Thursday morning by Royal Virgin Island Police in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

"The capture of this dangerous individual should send a strong message to criminals here in the United States that you will not be successful crossing global boundaries to avoid prosecution," said U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton. "We worked tirelessly with our international and domestic law enforcement partners to ensure Charlery faced justice. I want to commend the dedicated men and women who spent countless hours investigating this case and tracking down leads, which ultimately lead to this successful arrest."

Charlery is wanted by Richmond Police for the murder of Eboniece Escobar on November 2, 2014, in a Richmond hotel. He was added to the Marshals' "15 Most Wanted" list earlier this month.

Investigators say they received information that indicated Charlery fled to the British Virgin Islands. Following leads and help from local law enforcement, Charley was found standing outside of a tent around 6 a.m. Thursday, where police took him into custody without incident. A subsequent search of Charley's hideout yielded a large amount of cash and two loaded handguns.

Charlery is currently being held by RVIPF authorities in Tortola.

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