Albuquerque marshals' suspect has prior arrests

Created: 04/19/2014 7:09 PM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A fugitive accused of pulling a gun on a U.S. marshal in Albuquerque has a history of arrests.

The U.S. Marshals Service in Albuquerque is searching for Rufus Phelps a day after he allegedly threatened a marshal who was serving a bench warrant.

James Badway, a spokesman for the Marshals Service, says law enforcement found his car Saturday morning.

A grand jury indicted Phelps in September 2013 on several drug-related charges, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault against a household member.

Badway says a federal warrant for assault on a federal officer is now being processed.

Authorities say Phelps, who has gang ties, is dangerous.

They say he also has a criminal history dating back to 2008 that includes more than a dozen charges.

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