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Monday, March 02, 2015

U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Arrests Scranton Rape Suspect



Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Marshal Martin Pane announced the arrest of Demetrius Franklin, a 36-year old man on charges of rape and other related offenses.

On February 28, 2015, the Scranton Police Department obtained an arrest warrant charging Franklin with rape by force, statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of a minor. The Scranton Police Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) Fugitive Task Force to locate and apprehend him.

On March 2, 2015, members of the USMS Fugitive Task Force arrested Franklin who was found hiding in an attic of a residence located in the 1400 block of Capouse Ave in Scranton. He was turned over to local authorities pending judicial proceedings in the case.

United States Marshal Pane stated, “The U.S. Marshals Service takes an aggressive, deliberate approach in locating and arresting fugitives charged with serious felony offenses, especially those wanted for crimes against children. It is my sincere hope that the victim will find some measure of comfort knowing that the alleged attacker has been brought to justice.”

The USMS Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania is comprised of 23 state, county and local police agencies, including the Scranton Police Department and the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole – both of whom participated in this fugitive case investigation.

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