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Suspect featured on 'AMW' arrested

March 23, 2007 at 12:45 PM   |   Comments

SAN DIEGO, March 23 (UPI) -- A murder suspect featured on "America's Most Wanted" is in custody in San Diego after trying to evade arrest by diving through a closed second-story window.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency said in a release that the only reason Orthia Tyrone Porter didn't plummet to the ground Thursday was because he got caught in the window blinds and agents were able to grab him. Porter sustained a severe neck wound from the broken glass and was hospitalized.

Porter is wanted in a 2006 drug turf war slaying in St. Petersburg, Fla. He had fake identification from California and Georgia and had been using his brother's name.

He was featured on the "America's Most Wanted" program Jan. 27. On its Web site Friday, the show said Porter's arrest was "all thanks to an AMW tipster who pointed cops in the right direction!"

Alan Pleszak, acting DEA special agent in charge in San Diego, said the "constant presence of DEA agents and our Task Force partners on the streets of this community" led to the arrest.

Porter is the 924th fugitive picked up after authorities received a tip by a viewer since the John Walsh-hosted program began airing 20 years ago.

Topics: John Walsh
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