Good Question: Who is that wanted man on the billboards?

Brennan Somers
Updated: January 27, 2021 08:46 AM
Created: January 27, 2021 05:47 AM

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect the suspect's capture.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)— Have you seen giant wanted ads recently posted all over local billboards? U.S. Marshals were looking for help finding James Toatley, a homicide suspect.

A viewer named Christopher asked News10NBC’s Brennan Somers: Who is he? And what's this case all about?

Somers looked up that information. James Toatley is wanted on two counts of murder and attempted murder. He's accused of firing at a car with four passengers. Two of the victims were killed.

But that didn't happen in Rochester or the Finger Lakes. Investigators say the double murder took place back in mid-December in Columbia, South Carolina.

So why was his mugshot posted on signs here? U.S. Marshals told us they "blasted Toatley across billboards east of the Mississippi" and on Wednesday, we found out they caught him. The suspect was arrested in Charleston Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators simply wanted more eyes looking for him.

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