The U.S. Marshals are asking for the public’s help in tracking down a man suspected of murdering a trucker at a loading dock during a botched robbery attempt.
Trucker Died In Botched Robbery Attempt At Loading Dock
Sixty-three year old truck driver and grandfather Thomas Childs was killed on June 9, 2015. The shooting happened at 4 a.m. at the loading dock at Ridgeway Industries in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. As Childs was preparing to make a delivery to New York, he was shot twice while he was near the cab or getting into the cab of his truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Childs had worked at Ridgeway Industries for the past 15 years.
Authorities say that the suspect took less than $20 from Childs. They later found the money and Childs’s phone discarded in a cemetery.
U.S. Marshals Ask For Help, Offer Cash Reward
Today, the U.S. Marshals Service issued a request for the public’s help in apprehending the man who they believe killed Childs — 38 year old Rodney Shelton.
Shelton is 5’9″ and 170 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He has numerous tattoos on his head, neck, and left hand. Police say that since he has been on the run for over a year, he may have made changes to his appearance to avoid capture.
Investigators say he could be working as a tattoo artist and that he has ties in Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia. Specifically, they say that they’ve received tips fro Norfolk, Newport News and Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Shelton is considered to be armed and dangerous.
Said U.S. Marshal David B. Webb, “Rodney Shelton’s blatant disregard for human life has made this case a top priority for us. Our deputy U.S. marshals and our federal, state and local law enforcement partners will leave no stone unturned until this dangerous fugitive faces justice.”
The U.S. Marshals are also offering a reward of $1500 for information that leads to Shelton’s arrest. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call 1-800-336-0102.