UPDATE: Fugitive arrested on UT campus was custodial worker


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The U.S. Marshals Service for the Eastern District of Tennessee says they along with assisting agencies apprehended a wanted fugitive on the University of Tennessee campus Wednesday.

The fugitive, Jyshon Forbes, 25, was wanted for robbery and homicide related to a February 2018 deadly shooting in Nashville.

Forbes was a custodial employee in the University of Tennessee’s temporary help pool, a UT spokesperson said Thursday.

He was employed from May 14, 2019 to Aug. 21, 2019, and was vetted through a background check process and calls to references, the spokesperson said.

The UT Police Department assisted in the arrest on Wednesday

The U.S. Marshals in the Middle District of Tennessee opened a fugitive investigation into Forbes’ whereabouts, and their efforts led law enforcement to believe that Forbes may have relocated to East Tennessee, the release stated.

“Further investigation by Deputy U.S. Marshals in the Eastern District of Tennessee zeroed in on Forbes’ location which led to his safe apprehension at the UT campus in Knoxville.”

Forbes was transported to the Knox County Detention Facility for processing and extradition to Davidson County, Nashville.

The release went on to say members of the U.S. Marshals’ led Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force that were instrumental in Forbes’ arrest include the Blount County Sheriff’s Office and the Knoxville Police Department. Task forces like the Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force are U.S. Marshals-led, multi-jurisdictional fugitive task force that target the most violent offenders, including those wanted for murder, assault, sex offenses, and other serious offenses throughout the state and country.

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