The United States Marshall Service has arrested a man wanted for a string of bank robberies in Southwestern Washington and Oregon. Acting United States Marshal David Miller said Anthony James Martinis was wanted by the Longview Washington Police Department on a felony arrest warrant issued out of Cowlitz County, WA for Robbery in the First Degree filed on October 8, 2014.
Over a 30 day period, from September 17 to October 17, 2014, Martinis is alleged to have robbed 6 banks in Washington and Oregon. On October 9, 2014 the Longview Police Department requested assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service, Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force (PNVOTF) in locating and arresting Martinis. The PNVOTF developed information that Martinis was located at a motel in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. On November 3, 2014 at approximately 2:30 pm PST, members of the U.S. Marshals Service Oklahoma City Metro Fugitive Task Force captured Martinis as he left the motel putting an end to his alleged crime spree.
The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force is a U.S. Marshals-sponsored partnership comprised of federal, state and local law enforcement officers from Washington, Oregon and Alaska.
The primary mission of United States Marshals led Task Forces is to leverage our relationships with federal, state, local, and international law enforcement agencies to locate, arrest, and return to the justice system the most violent, most egregious federal and state fugitives.