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U.S. Marshals Nab 232 Fugitives in Delaware in 2005

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UNDATED- The United States Marshals Service on Monday announced the capture of 232 fugitives in Delaware for 2005. According to spokesman Marshal David W. Thomas, this is an increase of 89 percent from the previous year.

In 2004 there were 123 fugitives arrested by the Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force and 52 arrests in 2003.

Thomas said that in Delaware during 2005, 10 fugitives were arrested for murder and three were arrested for attempted murder. Nine fugitives were arrested for rape and 19 fugitives were arrested for robbery. 

The United States Marshals Service First State Fugitive Task Force is comprised of members of the Marshals Service, Delaware State Police, Delaware State Probation and Parole, New Castle County and Wilmington Police Departments. The state and local officers were sworn in as special deputy U.S. Marshals in order to provide them with broader jurisdictional authority. This is a valuable tool for law enforcement in Delaware because of the ability of a fugitive to flee the state in a short period of time.

During 2005, Wilmington and New Castle County Police joined the Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force on a full-time basis. Thomas said that just days after the Wilmington Police Department assigned an officer to the fugitive task force a suspect in a drug-related killing in the city in 2003 was arrested. The suspect was arrested by marshals in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Working under the direction of U.S. Marshals, the First State Fugitive Task Force has concentrated on fugitives for federal and state charges. Thomas said the marshals focus on the most violent and dangerous criminals, the “Worst of the Worst.”

Thomas said that during 2005, The United States Marshals Service directed two fugitive roundups. Operation FALCON was a one week fugitive sweep in April 2005. This led to the arrest of 56 fugitives in the State of Delaware. In September 2005, Operation MPACT focused on fugitives in Kent and Sussex Counties. This three-day sweep resulted in 36 fugitive arrests.
Thomas said that some of the fugitives arrested were:

  • A Salem County New Jersey woman was arrested on March 23, 2005 in Lexington Green Apartments in Newark. She was wanted by Salem County Prosecutors in New Jersey. She was on trial for a 2002 murder but fled during the end of the trial. She was found guilty in absentia.
  • On April 7, 2005, the United States Marshals arrested a Florida man in a New Castle area apartment. The man was wanted by Miami Police in Florida for kidnapping. The fugitive was reported to be an enforcer for a Colombian drug cartel.
  • A Rhode Island man was arrested at his Newark residence on April 9, 2005. He was wanted for nine years by the United States Marshals in Rhode Island for violation of probation, distribution of heroin and had a warrant for deportation by the United States Immigration. 
  • Two teenage brothers who were Wilmington’s Most Wanted were arrested by the United States Marshals. One of the brothers was arrested at a residence in Brooklyn, New York by members of the U.S. Marshals on June 27, 2005. The other brother was arrested on July 18, 2005 by Marshals and Wilmington Police SWAT Team. The brothers were wanted for the March 26, 2005 murder and armed robbery of 19-year-old that occurred in the 900 block of Kirkwood Street, Wilmington.
  • The United States Marshals played a vital role in assisting Newark Police with the apprehension of a Newark man who allegedly killed a University of Delaware student in May 2005. Marshals used technical equipment to help Newark Police locate the defendant. After the murder the defendant fled the Newark area to Philadelphia, Atlantic City and Wilmington. The defendant was arrested on June 7, 2005 by Newark Police in Wilmington.
  • The United States Marshals arrested a 48-year-old man wanted in the killing of a man whose body was struck with a van and dragged several feet in Marshallton. New Castle County Police and Marshals tracked the fugitive to the Johnson City, Tenn. area. Marshals arrested the fugitive on Aug. 5, 2005 at his sister’s house in Johnson City, Tennessee.
  • In December 2005, the task force was in the Edgemoore area of Delaware looking for a fugitive for several robberies. While looking for the fugitive, Marshals witnessed a carjacking on the street. Officers arrested the carjacker and quickly turned the case over to New Castle County Police. The carjacker was responsible for seven other robberies in New Castle County.  Approximately 15 minutes after the carjacking, the fugitive came out of the house and was quickly arrested by Marshals.




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