U.S. Marshals search for fugitive who may have ties to deadly shooting

U.S. Marshals search for fugitive who may have ties to deadly shooting

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The U.S. Marshals are hunting for a dangerous fugitive with a violent past wanted in connection with a deadly Northside shooting.

Bernardo L. Jones has been on the run since August following a shooting along Chamberlayne Avenue on Aug. 21.

"Some neighbors heard some shots, called 911, police responded, looked around and then found the victim lying beside a car with a bullet wound to the head," Kevin Connolly of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force said.

Police identified the victim as 32-year-old Desmond Holmes who was pronounced dead at the scene.  They also identified two suspects in the shooting, with one of them already having been arrested.

According to the U.S. Marshals, Bernardo has compiled a violent criminal past at a young age.

"This guy's 20-years-old; he's got a history of assault and battery, firearms, theft," Connolly explained. "He, at a young age, proved himself to be at the top of the criminal game."

Investigators say Bernardo's transient nature has made him hard to track.

'He doesn't own a home; he's not working;, he's young so he's flopping at different places," said Connolly. "Typically that's what we see so unless you get into the right inner circle, the right girlfriend this month, it makes it a little difficult."

The U.S. Marshals are looking for any information that can help bring Jones to justice.

"Where he lays his head, what he's driving, who he's riding with, current girlfriends, any information on him we may not have," Connolly said.

Given Jones' violent background and previous offenses, U.S. Marshals are working hard to get him behind bars.

"We need to take him off the streets, let the wheels of justice turn and see what happens with him," Connolly said. "Hopefully he's not going to commit another crime before we pick him up."

If you have any information that can help authorities find Jones and get him behind bars, call the U.S. Marshal's 24-hour tip line at 1-877-926-8332. All  information is taken anonymously.

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