By Scott McCabe
U.S. Marshals are looking for a fugitive with a telling tattoo.
Law enforcement authorities say Gerald Cecil Sedwick Jr. walked away from a halfway house in August of 2012 in D.C., where he was serving out a sentence for distributing heroin while armed in 2009.
His rap sheet cites arrests in Maryland and Washington for a variety of crimes including attempted murder while armed, armed carjacking, assault, probation violations and escape.
He has numerous tattoos, including one on his right arm which depicts a person pointing a gun at three people.
Matt Burke, supervisory inspector of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, said the crime scene bodyart was “very telling.”
“We’d like to bring him back into custody before he can re-enact this scene again,” Burke said. “He’s a dangerous person and has been on the loose far too long.”
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies recently solved a homicide after noticing that the ink drawing on a suspect’s chest showed details from a liquor-store murder scene. Tattoos of past crimes sometimes are used to boost a person’s “street credibility.”
Sedwick is accused of walking away from a halfway house in D.C., where he was supposed to finish out a three-and-a-half year sentence for a 2009 conviction for selling heroin while armed.
The 6-foot-1, 217-pound Sedwick has other distinguishing characteristics. He has a scar above his right eye and tattoos on both arms. He may sometimes wear fashion glasses. He also uses that last name Sedgwick.
Sedwick is known to frequent the areas of Quarles Street in Northeast Washington; Captain View Lane, Ft Washington; Suitland and Temple Hills.
Anyone with information on Sedwick should contact the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force at 301-489-1717.