MIAMI (CBSMiami) – U.S. Marshals have captured one of South Florida’s most wanted fugitives in Miami with help from a CBS4 viewer.
On October 29th, CBS4’s Brian Andrews profiled the hunt for Barton Hill, 19, who was on the run from double murder charges.
After seeing the Fugitive Task Force story, a viewer thought he saw Hill and called U.S. Marshals late Wednesday night.
Officials set up surveillance at an apartment complex at NW 18th Terrace and 22nd Avenue in Miami where Hill was staying with a girl. His arrest didn’t come without a fight. Authorities said he jumped out of a second story window and tried to run away. When police caught him, he said he felt like he was going to throw up. He was taken into custody around 5:00 a.m. Thursday morning.
Hill was wanted for a shooting spree in Little Haiti in September. Authorities said Hill and another man opened fire on four people who were watching Monday Night Football under a carport next to a home at 150 NE 68th Terrace.
Two of those shooting victims, brothers Mackenson Pierre, 17, and Yves Sylvester, 15, did not survive.
Relatives of Pierre and Sylvester were glad to hear of Hill’s arrest.
“Thank you because I’m happy, I’m happy now,” said one relative. Their sister also agreed. “I’m happy.”
Barton Hill has a criminal past for violent crimes, including armed robbery and attempted murder, dating back to the age of 16.
His mother told CBS4’s Brian Andrew several weeks ago that she didn’t think her son was capable of hurting anyone.
“My son ain’t capable of shooting nobody. That’s my son and I love him,” said Barbara Hill.
Barton Hill will be booked into the Miami-Dade County Jail before going before a judge to be formally charged with murder.
The tipster who called the Fugitive Task Force, will receive a reward but the amount is unknown at this time.
If you have a tip for the U.S. Marshals office, just call 877-WANTED2.