The US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, based in Oxford, descended on a home in the 500 block of 16th St south around noon Monday to arrest 35 yr-old Kito Hill, who was wanted in Michigan for attempted murder and had outstanding warrants in Lowndes County for Simple Assault.
Marshals said that they were notified by federal authorities that Hill was believed to be in the area after he attempted to buy an AK-47 assault rifle from a local retailer. The background check turned up the felony warrant in Michigan, and the information Hill provided led to his current residence at 510 16th St. South.
Marshalls arrived on scene just before 12:00pm Monday and knocked on both the front and side doors of the home. After nearly 20 minutes of knocking, renter Annie Jones finally answered the door after Marshals announced their presence with a bullhorn. [Jones told Marshals she has tons of folks knocking on her door at all times of day and night, so she hadn’t even looked to see who it was.-CK]
After Jones opened the door, Kito Hill reportedly surrendered to authorities with little resistance.
As Hill was being questioned in the side yard of the home, his cousin Vanquez Fox walked up into the yard to discuss the situation with the Marshals. Fox reportedly became verbally abusive to the Marshals and was questioned and found to be carrying a handgun. Fox was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon. [Packet readers may remember Fox from the a now infamous incident from November 2010. Fox was arrested by Columbus Police Officer Ric Higgins when a scuffle broke out and Fox was rushed to Lowndes County Adult Detention Center before being thoroughly searched. While being booked into the jail, a handgun was found in his possession. The subsequent disciplinary action for Higgins and his superior officer that evening, Lt. John Pevey, played a significant role in both the retirement of Lt. Pevey as well as the dismissal of then Columbus Police Chief Joseph St.John- when he called in sick for Pevey’s appeal of a suspension. Many members of the Hill/Fox family, whose matriarch is the well-known Hilda Hill-Fox have had run-ins with authorities in recent years, including Sugi Fox- who was a suspect in at least one murder and several shootings and Lavento Fox- who was apprehended earlier this year in Memphis and arrested in connection with a August 2010 kidnapping. Ed]
After Hill and Fox were taken into custody, US Marshals were denied permission to search the home by its’ tenant, Annie Jones. Jones calmly told authorities that, although there was nothing to hide, she would not let them in without a warrant. Jones sat on the side staircase of the home and joked with Marshals while they waited for Lowndes County Metro Narcotics units to arrive with the warrant to search the home. [Jones was remarkably calm and composed as the authorities searched the home. She refused to give any information or acknowledge that Hill had ever even been in trouble with the law. When officers found a Ruger handgun with 30 rounds in a bedroom closet, Jones told officers it was hers, and the she had bought it from “someone, somewhere.”-CK]
Jones was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant for the city, but has not been charged for the gun as of press time. Metro-Narcotics agents searched the home, but only discovered a small amount of valium. Columbus Police transported Jones to LCADC.
Kito Hill is very familiar to Columbus authorities, having been charged with numerous assault charges and several other misdemeanors from 1997-2009 and culminating in a murder charge for his involvement in the October 2000 slaying of Calvin Ellis. [Those charges were presented to the Grand Jury, but Hill was never brought to trial. We will try and get more details on why the case was dropped by next week-CK]
Hill is being held without bond until he is granted an extradition hearing for his return to Michigan on the charge of attempted murder.