Picture of fugitive released by U.S. Marshals turns out to be wrong person

HAMPTON, Va. – The U.S. Marshals Office released what they thought was a new photo of a man wanted for allegedly stabbing another Hampton University student to death in 2005.

The victim was Byron Bryant.

Jihad Amir Ramadan, an America’s Most Wanted fugitive, has evaded capture in connection with the incident for more than 11 years.

U.S. Marshals were asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the female in a photograph, which was thought to have been posted on Myspace in 2007. The woman in the picture  was not suspected of any wrongdoing, but U.S. Marshals wanted to speak with her about Ramadan.

U.S. Marshals thought the photograph appeared to show Ramadan getting married approximately two years after multiple warrants were issued for his arrest.

Tips from the public lead U.S. Marshals to determine that the man in the wedding photograph was not Jihad Ramadan.

The investigation shows that Ramadan fled to New York, his hometown, shortly after the stabbing. Leuer says there are indications that his family has been instrumental in assisting him to evade arrest over the years.

Records show Ramadan was born as Justin Faustin, but his family later changed his legal name to Jihad Ramadan. His last known address is on Irving Place in New Rochelle, New York.

Leuer says Ramadan turned 30 earlier this month and has likely assumed a new identity. He may still reside in the United States, but it is possible he also fled the country.

Anyone with information can contact the U.S. Marshals communications center at 1-800-336-0102.