Posted by Brandon Jarvis
With the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Taskforce Teams, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and state and local police departments, the prisoner who escaped from a police vehicle last month has been located and arrested.
Ameer Ali, 38, (formally Trezith R. Smart) of the 500 block of Young Mill Lane, Newport News, VA was located in Philadelphia, PA on Monday morning. The manhunt led authorities from Virginia to North Carolina to Philadelphia where he was arrested.
Ali is being charged with obstruction of justice, destruction of property, petit larceny, failure to appear, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
On Monday, August 19, Ameer Ali escaped at the intersection of Leigh and Belvedere Streets. Although handcuffed with his hands behind his back and buckled into the back passenger-side seat, Ali was able to move his manacled hands to the front of his body, unbuckle the seatbelt, unlatch the side door and escape.
“We would like to thank everyone who contributed in locating Ameer Ali,” said Fourth Precinct Commander Daniel Minton.” We knew with the kind of resources that were available, it was only a matter of time that Ali would be located.”