Man with ties to northeastern NC wanted in Philadelphia muder

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PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Marshals want your help to find an Elizabeth City man accused of murdering a delivery truck driver in a botched robbery.

It happened over a year ago.

38-year-old Rodney Shelton allegedly shot and killed 63-year-old Thomas Childs during an attempted robbery a loading dock just west of Philadelphia on June 9, 2015. Prosecutors maintain that Shelton got away with less than $20.

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

Shelton may have fled the area soon after the crime, but authorities admit he could be hiding in plain sight.

“Since he has been on the run for more than a year, he may have changed his appearance and his locale to stay under the radar,” said Webb. “He could be anywhere.”

Shelton is a 5-foot-9-inch black male weighing approximately 170 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. He also has numerous tattoos to include one on his head, neck and left hand, and could be working as a tattoo artist. Shelton has personal ties to Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia.

“Because of the callous nature of this crime, Shelton should be considered armed and dangerous,” said Webb.

A reward of up to $1,500 is being offered for information leading directly to the fugitive’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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