Reward offered for wanted fugitive with ties to Virginia

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PENNSLYVANIA, Va. (WRIC) — The U.S. Marshal’s Office is asking for the public’s help locating an alleged murderer out of Philadelphia who has been on the run for over a year and may be in Virginia.

Last summer, authorities say 38-year-old Rodney Shelton allegedly shot and killed a 63-year-old man during an attempted robbery at a loading dock in west Philadelphia. Prosecutors believe Shelton got away with less than $20.

Authorities believe Shelton may have fled the area soon after the crime and could be hiding in plain sight. He has personal ties in Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia and may even be working as a tattoo artist. He is a 5-foot-9, roughly 170-pound black male with brown eyes and brown hair. He also has numerous tattoos on his head, neck and left hand.

Shelton is a 5-foot-9, roughly 170-pound black male with brown eyes and brown hair. He also has numerous tattoos on his head, neck and left hand.

Authorities say Shelton should be considered armed and dangerous.

“Rodney Shelton’s blatant disregard for human life has made this case a top priority for us,” U.S. Marshal David B. Webb of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said in a release. “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.”

The U.S. Marshal’s Office is offering a reward of up to $1,500 for information leading directly to Shelton’s arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals Service office or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102, or email.usms.wanted@usdoj.gov.

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