Task Force Arrests Murder Fugitive

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Columbus, OH
– United States Marshal Peter Tobin is pleased to
announce Michael Nichols was arrested August 17, 2021 in Baytown, Texas.
Nichols was wanted by the Columbus Police Department (CPD) and the Ohio
Adult Parole Authority on separate warrants. CPD Homicide Detectives
obtained a Franklin Municipal Court arrest warrant charging Nichols with
Murder on July 27, 2021. Adult Parole also issued an arrest warrant for
Nichols on July 16, 2021. The CPD charges for Nichol’s stem from a
firearm assault occurring on July 20, 2021 in the 400 Block of Columbian
Ave, Columbus, Ohio.

The Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike
Team (SOFAST) adopted the fugitive investigation on August 16, 2021 at
the request of the Columbus Police Department. Columbus Police
investigators, Columbus Police Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit,
and SOFAST work together on this investigation. Investigators believed
Nichols fled Ohio and was in the State of Texas. The U.S. Marshals
Fugitive Task Force in Texas arrested Nichols in the 4000 Block of
Interstate 10 East, Baytown, TX.

Columbus SOFAST is a fugitive-focused, U.S.
Marshals Service-led task force consisting of local, state and federal
authorities including the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus
Division of Police, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Hocking County
Sheriff’s Office, Lancaster Police Department, Ohio Attorney General
Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Immigration
and Customs Enforcement, United States Secret Service, U.S. Attorney’s
Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Zanesville Police

Anyone with information on any fugitive may send
an anonymous tip to the Marshals by texting the keyword SOFAST and their
message to 847411 (tip411). Anonymous web tips can also be submitted
through the U.S. Marshals’ website at


Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found
at http://www.usmarshals.gov.


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