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Fugitive from California located in Putnam County

A man wanted for murder in California was found and arrested in Putnam County after more than a year of searching.

U.S. Marshals arrested Michael Anthony Daniels, 60, of Vallejo in Scott Depot on Monday evening. Daniels is accused in the August 2012 homicide of Jessica Brastow, 37, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Brastow was found unresponsive in a hotel room in Vallejo, Calif. on Aug. 8, 2012. She was pronounced dead at the hotel.

Deputy U.S. Marshals and members of the Cops United Felony Fugitive Enforcement Division (CUFFED) Task Force worked together on the arrest. Marshals worked with Vallejo Police in California to determine that Daniels was possibly living in Scott Depot.

Supervisory Deputy Jeremy Honaker said Daniels has family in the area but was not staying with them in the house. The local marshals were informed of Honaker's possible location Monday morning and conducted surveillance on the building with Kanawha and Cabell sheriffs' deputies.

Daniels had been in an apartment with woman currently on probation through Putnam County, Honaker said. He was arrested that evening as he tried to leave the apartment.

He was arraigned in Putnam County Magistrate Court as a fugitive from justice. He is being held at Western Regional Jail.

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the capture of about 34,000 federal fugitives and more than 27,000 local and state fugitives wanted on felony charges. The Marshals Service arrests more federal fugitives than all other federal agencies combined.


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