U.S. Marshals capture escaped Accomack County gang leader in Maryland

Posted at 1:38 PM, Feb 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-08 13:38:17-05

ACCOMACK Co., Va. - The U.S. Marshals announced Saturday that a multi-agency fugitive investigation spanning several states came to an end Friday afternoon with the arrest of a well-known Bloods gang leader from Parksley, Virginia.

According to U.S. Marshals, Tyvon "Teddy" Lyncurtis Smith was arrested in Pocomoke City, Maryland after four weeks on the run.

U.S. Marshals said that on January 11, Smith was taken into custody in Accomack County on a firearms charge. During transport, Smith was able to manipulate and remove the handcuffs used to restrain him.

After arriving at the Accomack County Jail, law enforcement opened the vehicle door and Smith took off on foot.

Multiple agencies responded but were unable to find Smith immediately following his escape.

Due to Smith’s gang ties and the danger he poses to the Eastern Shore community, a multi-agency fugitive investigation was launched combining the resources of the U.S. Marshals, Virginia State Police, Accomack County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The investigation developed several leads and U.S. Marshals ultimately caught up with Smith on February 7 at a residence in Pocomoke City, Maryland.

As members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Forces from Norfolk, VA and Salisbury, MD approached a trailer in the 2000 block of Tulls Corner Road in Pocomoke City, Smith walked out of the front door and surrendered.

“This complex investigation is yet another example of the tenacity and the 'never give up' attitude displayed by Deputy Marshals and our state and local law enforcement partners all over this great country. I hope the efforts of the investigators in this case will in some way allow our citizens of the Eastern Shore to rest more comfortably tonight,” said U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia Nick E. Proffitt.