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Marshals, Cops Catch S.C. Fugitive in City

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
March 15, 2023
Posted in: Crime and Police News

A fugitive wanted in connection with murder in South Carolina was arrested during an early-morning raid in the city.

Travis Robert Burton, 24, of St. Helena Island, S.C., was found by McKeesport police and the U.S. Marshal’s Service hiding in the basement of a house in the 600 block of Romine Avenue.

Court records showed no obvious link between Burton and the Mon Valley. It was unclear why he was hiding out in the city.

Andrew Knapp of the Charleston County, S.C., sheriff’s office told Tube City Almanac that Burton was wanted in connection with the Jan. 14 slaying of Jarnaro Middleton, 65, of Johns Island, S.C., in the backyard of a home there.

Burton is charged by the Charleston sheriff’s office with murder and possession of a firearm, South Carolina affidavits state.

Another man, Deandre Jermol Major, 26, of Beaufort, S.C., is also charged in connection with Middleton’s death, according to court records. Major was arrested in South Carolina on Feb. 10.

Jeremy DeLano, spokesman for the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Pittsburgh, said the agency’s fugitive task force developed information that Burton might be hiding out in Pennsylvania.

The U.S. Marshal’s Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force conducted an investigation to determine Burton’s exact location and tracked him to McKeesport, DeLano said.

Burton was arrested and transported to the Allegheny County Jail where he was booked on the Charleston County warrants, DeLano said. Burton is currently awaiting extradition back to South Carolina.

Originally published March 15, 2023.

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