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U.S. Marshals nab fugitive, find missing mom, infant

Posted February 14, 2010 12:31 p.m. EST
Updated February 15, 2010 11:02 a.m. EST

— U.S. Marshals arrested a suspected cocaine dealer from Tennessee and found a missing 21-year-old woman and her infant daughter at a Fayetteville hotel Saturday afternoon.

Jerome Ewing, 23, was arrested without incident at the Cottonade Square Guest Inn, 6264 Yadkin Road, said Deputy U.S. Marshal Brandon Taylor.

Inside a motel room, marshals found Andrea Williamson and her daughter. Taylor said the pair had been reported as missing and endangered from Memphis, Tenn., by Williamson's mother on Wednesday.

Taylor said it did not appear that Williamson had been held against her will, and her daughter was in good health. Relatives were arranging their return to Tennessee, he said.

Ewing was denied bond and placed in the Cumberland County Jail while awaiting extradition to Tennessee. He was wanted by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office in Tennessee on one count of unlawful possession of a firearm and 19 counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine.

Ewing had been at-large since January, and authorities believed that he and Williamson had been dating, Taylor said.

The U.S. Marshall's Violent Fugitive Task Force for eastern North Carolina received information that all three people were in Fayetteville, where Ewing has family.