Ohio man wanted for murder arrested in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A man wanted out of Ohio was arrested Tuesday in Knoxville, the FBI says.

Ishmael Bowers, 32, of Columbus, Ohio, was arrested at the Knoxville bus terminal.

Bowers was wanted for murder in aid of racketeering and murder through the use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

According to WBNS-TV in Columbus, Bowers was one of 17 members of the Short North Posse gang to be indicted on charges that include murder, attempted murder, robbery and extortion.

Authorities say the 17 accused referred to themselves as the "Cut Throat Committee" and "The Homicide Squad."

Investigators were looking into 15 murders that dated back until 1998. The U.S. attorney says he believes nine of those murders are now solved. The investigation also uncovered three more murders.

Sixteen of the alleged gang members named in the indictment are already behind bars for various crimes.


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