SHELBY, Ohio - Officers from the Shelby Police Department, with assistance from the Richland County Division of the US Marshal’s Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Tommy Amos on outstanding probation violation warrants out of Martinsville, Va.
Amos was identified by officers Keith Swisher and David Barnhart, after a chance encounter on a civil standby call on Sept. 24. A male who identified himself as Jason Jay Davis had been engaged in an argument and police were called. At that time, the officers were unable to confirm the the information he provided.
The officers took photos of the individual’s tattoos and began searching law enforcement databases as well as public databases and social media accounts. Based on their research, they identified Davis as Tommy Amos, a multi-state, multi-crime career criminal, with Aryan Brotherhood ties, wanted out of Virginia on a probation violation for fraud.
Deputy US Marshal Ross Wilber, coordinator for the Richland County Division of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, was contacted on Sept. 28, and he agreed to assist Shelby police on the case. After checking Shelby addresses without any luck, the task force provided additional resources and conducted surveillance into the evening.
Early Thursday morning, officers went to a residence on Sixth Street. After being let into the residence by the renter who confirmed Amos was there, the officers ultimately located him hiding in a closet.
Amos was transported to the Richland County Jail where he is awaiting extradition to Virginia.
Shelby police Chief Lance Combs said Officers Barnhart and Swisher did an excellent job in following their suspicions and positively identifying a career criminal hiding in Shelby.
"Good police work and a strong partnership with the US Marshal’s Service made this safe apprehension possible," he said in a release.