US Marshals Arrest Triple Homicide Suspect in Portsmouth, VA
March 8, 2013 | National News
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – U.S. Marshal Bobby Mathieson announces the capture of Brian Levern Gupton. 32-year-old Gupton was wanted by DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office for the November 2012 triple homicide which occurred in DeKalb County, Georgia.
On Nov. 21, Gupton allegedly became upset about theft of money from “a bad drug deal” and confronted the three individuals whom he suspected had stolen from him. In the midst of the confrontation, the suspect allegedly shot two males and one female to death in the parking lot of the Crystal Pointe Apartments in DeKalb County.
Gupton was believed to have been hiding in either the Atlanta area or North Carolina. The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) in the Eastern District of North Carolina (E/NC) and the USMS’ South East Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF) in Atlanta quickly began investigating the whereabouts of the suspect and developed information that Gupton was likely in the Portsmouth, Virginia area. The USMS E/NC and SERFTF then contacted their USMS counterparts in the Eastern District of Virginia to request assistance in locating Gupton.
On Mar. 7, Gupton’s vehicle was located in the 600 block of London Blvd. in Portsmouth. At approximately 9:30 p.m., law enforcement personnel observed the suspect enter a vehicle and proceed on London Blvd in downtown Portsmouth. Law enforcement officers attempted to affect a traffic stop on the vehicle, at which point Gupton exited the vehicle and fled on foot, in an effort to elude capture.
The USMS Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force and law enforcement partners from the Portsmouth Police Department, Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office, and Chesapeake Police Department set a perimeter and searched the area. The alleged murderer was eventually found hiding under a vehicle and was arrested without further incident. Gupton was taken into custody and transported to a local jail, where he is now awaiting extradition back to Georgia.
The U.S. Marshals Service arrested more than 36,300 federal fugitives and 86,700 state and local fugitives in fiscal year 2012. Our investigative network and capabilities allow for the unique ability to track and apprehend any fugitive who attempts to evade police capture, anywhere in the country, on very short notice. For more information on the U.S. Marshals, please visit our website, www.USMarshals.gov.
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