PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — The man wanted in the Pensacola fatal hit-and-run that claimed the lives of two people has been arrested in Pennsylvania.
Markquise Deshawn Wallace, 26, has been arrested in Philadelphia early Tuesday afternoon by U.S. Marshals, according to the Pensacola Police Department. Wallace is the suspected driver in the hit-and-run on W. Cervantes Street on June 6 that killed two people, including an 8-month-old.
According to police, Wallace had been staying with a relative for about one month at the time of his capture.
Pensacola Police say officials will begin extradition proceedings as soon as possible to have Wallace returned to Pensacola.
Mayor Ashton Hayward said “I applaud the tireless efforts by Pensacola Police Detectives, the United States Marshalls, and the people of Pensacola who all worked together to solve this crime, and to ultimately capture Wallace”.
Fracenda Mitchell is the Grandmother of Nepheteria Williams, the 28-year-old victim in the hit and run.
“Well we have been going through a whole lot,” Mitchell said. “We’re happy and everything about him being captured. It wasn’t going to do any good to run.”
Mitchell says she’s happy Wallace will finally do his time.
“He hasn’t done any time,” Mitchell said. “Let him see how it feels to be out there, out there in prison I’m talking about.”
Two other men were arrested for helping Wallace, Tadrian Rushing last month, and Ali Freeman last week.
Mitchell says she does not think Wallace is remorseful.
“He has gotten away with a lot of things already,” Mitchell said. “This is just like a murderer, someone you have to apprehend and hunt down like a dog.”