Attempted homicide fugitive tracked down in Belmont County


A man wanted for attempted homicide with a machete in Pittsburgh is accused of hiding out in Belmont County.
Today, we talked with a  man who helped tracked him down

“Pittsburgh Marshals they contacted us and they had a tip that he may be in the Martins Ferry area, so we followed up on that and I spotted his car in an apartment complex there,” said Jason Dias of the U.S. Marshals.

According to Dias the Marshals waited at the St. Mary’s Terrace apartment complex in Martins Ferry, conducting around the clock surveillance for about 2 days straight until their suspect came out of hiding.

“He eventually left around Friday evening around 10 o’clock in the evening. We followed him down route 7 we were coordinating with the Martins Ferry PD for a traffic stop.And, Us and the Martins Ferry PD stopped him at the Star Fire gas station in Martins Ferry,” Dias said.

Carswell was arrested right there with no further incident. 

“We track down fugitives all the time, just not homicide fugitives, or attempted homicide fugitives very often,” said Dias The hard work was especially rewarding for the marshals in this case because of the brutality of Carwell’s alleged crimes.

“I feel Mr. Carswell had a criminal history of assault and batteries and we were very gratified to finally catch up with him and get him off the streets,” Dias said.

Both Martins Ferry and Bridgeport police helped the Marshals capture Carswell. He remains in the Belmont County Jail and is awaiting extradition back to Pittsburgh. 

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