U.S. Marshals expand manhunt for murder suspect to VA; $20K reward offered

U.S. Marshals expand manhunt for murder suspect to VA; $20K reward offered

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - U.S. Marshals are looking for a man suspected in the killing of a delivery truck driver during a botched robbery near Philadelphia. They have now expanded the search to Virginia.

Rodney Shelton is accused of shooting 63-year-old Thomas Childs during an attempted robbery on June 9, 2015. The attempted robbery happened at a loading dock just west of Philadelphia. Shelton took less than $20, prosecutors say.

"Rodney Shelton's blatant disregard for human life has made this case a top priority for us," said U.S. Marshal David B. Webb of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. "Our deputy U.S. marshals and our federal, state and local law enforcement partners will leave no stone unturned until this dangerous fugitive faces justice."

U.S. Marshals say Shelton has personal ties to Virginia. They say tips have come in pointing to Norfolk, Newport News and Elizabeth City, N.C.

"Since he has been on the run for more than a year, he may have changed his appearance and his locale to stay under the radar," said Webb.

Shelton is 5'9" tall and weighed approximately 170 pounds. He has brown eyes, brown hair and numerous tattoos, including on his head, neck and left hand.

U.S. Marshals say he may be working as a tattoo artist.

They are offering $1,500 for information that would lead to Shelton's arrest. The Citizens Crime Commission in Philadelphia is also offering $20,000 for information in the case leading to an arrest and conviction.

Call the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102.

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