Marshals seeking NC man in connection with killing of delivery driver

(U.S. Marshals Service)
(U.S. Marshals Service)

PHILADELPHIA (WNCN) – The U.S. Marshals Service is asking the public for help in finding a 38-year-old Elizabeth City man wanted in connection with a Philadelphia killing.

In June of 2015, 63-year-old Thomas Childs, a delivery driver, was shot and killed during a botched robbery at a loading dock just west of Philadelphia. Prosecutors believe the robber got away with less than $20.

Federal officials believe Rodney Shelton of Elizabeth City was the gunman, according to the U.S Marshals Service.

“Rodney Shelton’s blatant disregard for human life has made this case a top priority for us,” said U.S. Marshal David B. Webb of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in a statement. “Our deputy U.S. marshals and our federal, state and local law enforcement partners will leave no stone unturned until this dangerous fugitive faces justice.”

The marshals service said Shelton could be anywhere, and might have changed his appearance.
Shelton is described by authorities as a 5-foot-9-inch black man weighing approximately 170 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. He has a number of tattoos, including on his head, and might even be working as a tattoo artist, officials said.

Shelton has personal ties in Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia, officials said.
“Because of the callous nature of this crime, Shelton should be considered armed and dangerous,” said Webb.

The government is offering $1,500 for information leading directly to Shelton’s arrest. Federal authorities are asking anyone with information to call 1-800-336-0102 or send an email to

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