U.S. Marshals Capture Wanted Fugitive Inside Ashland Motel

Tam Minh Le (Photo: U.S. Marshal's Office)

ASHLAND, Va. (WRIC) — U.S. Marshals arrested one of the 15 most wanted fugitives Tuesday evening in an Ashland motel.

Tam Minh Le has been wanted by Philadelphia Police for nearly four months in connection to a brutal crime.

On August 27, Le and his associates allegedly threw three men that were bound, beaten and stabbed into the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia and left them for dead, although one of the victims miraculously survived.

“Tam Le’s arrest is a testament to the extraordinary efforts made by our dedicated men and women who worked on this case,” U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton said in a release. “I am greatly appreciative of their hard work and commitment to bringing this dangerous fugitive to justice.”

The fugitive investigation for Le gained traction when U.S. Marshals from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia PD Homicide Fugitive Unit gained information leading them to the Ashland area.

Investigators on Monday sent the information to members of the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force in Va., and Deputy U.S. Marshals immediately began canvassing local motels and collecting information in their search for Le.

On Tuesday, Le was spotted entering a room at a Motel 6. Deputies moved in, knocked on the room door and commanded him to surrender.

Deputies discovered Le’s wife and their three children in the room and safely removed them from the room. They then found the fugitive locked in the bathroom attempting to escape through the ceiling. After a brief standoff, marshals convinced Le to surrendered and placed him into custody at roughly 5:25 p.m.

“Tam’s apprehension is both significant and rewarding for the City of Philadelphia,” David B. Webb, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, said in the release. “Thanks to the tenacity of our deputies and their commitment to this case, this violent fugitive will finally answer for his crimes.”

Added Robert Mathieson, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Va., “an extremely dangerous person has been taken off the streets. We hope and pray his arrest brings some peace to the families of his victims.”

Le is currently being held at the Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover, awaiting extradition.

This is a developing story… Stay with 8News for more.

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