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Norfolk strangulation suspect arrested by U.S. Marshals in Arizona

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Posted at 2:37 PM, Dec 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-24 14:37:45-05

Norfolk, Va. – A man wanted by the Norfolk Police Department for failing to appear in court in a strangulation case has been caught by United States Marshals in Arizona.

Damadre Wheeler was arrested in Norfolk back in August after he allegedly strangled his then-girlfriend so severely that she blacked out. After appearing in court and being placed on bond, Wheeler failed to appear again for any more court proceedings.

After hearing rumors that Wheeler had fled the state, Norfolk Police detectives requested assistance from U.S. Marshals.

On Tuesday, December 23rd, Norfolk detectives contacted U.S. Marshals in Phoenix and advised them that Wheeler was likely staying with family in that area.

On the morning of Christmas Eve, U.S. Marshals confirmed that Wheeler was in a residence in Glendale, Arizona, and were able to take him into custody without incident.

Wheeler is currently being held in Maricopa County Jail awaiting extradition to Norfolk.