International fugitive caught in Fairfield County
FAIRFIELD COUNTY, S.C. (WACH) - A Barbadian fugitive whose criminal history includes fraud, rape, and assault has been captured in the Midlands.
Hainsley DaCosta Browne was located and arrested on August 5 after U.S. Marshals asked Crimestoppers to send out Browne's photo and description. According to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice, numerous tips flooded in and gave away Browne's location.
Operation Intercept Violent Fugitive Task Force, a U.S. Marshals-led initiative, and the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office arrested Browne and transported him to a local detention center.
Browne fled the Diplomatic Security Service and the Royal Barbados Police Force during an investigation into his "identity fraud phone scam ring." Browne would allegedly call elderly individuals and convince them he was a family member in need of money. His actions defrauded elderly victims of an estimated $130,000.
In September 2016, Diplomatic Security learned Browne may have relocated to South Carolina and assumed the name Ronald Oscar Browne. He attempted to target elderly South Carolinians as he did in Barbados.
Kelvin Washington, the U.S. Marshal for the District of South Carolina, says, "Individuals who prey on the elderly are devious. This international case has shown no matter where fugitives attempt to hide, law enforcement partnerships across the globe will always prevail.”
Browne will face a U.S. District Court in Columbia before being deported to Barbados, where he will stand trial.