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Monday, February 22, 2016

Fugitive Wanted for 2011 Murder of Infant Son Arrested in Dominican Republic, Extradited Back to U.S.



Harrisburgh, PA - Today, United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced the return to the United States of Johann Ramirez-Herrera, a 31-year-old man formerly of York, Pennsylvania charged with the 2011 homicide of his infant son.

On October 7, 2011, the York City Police Department charged Ramirez-Herrera with criminal homicide after his 11-month-old son died from numerous injuries consistent with being beaten and strangled six days earlier. Travel records revealed that Ramirez-Herrera fled the United States to his native Dominican Republic on the same day his child died. Upon learning this, the York City Police Department requested the U.S. Marshals Service to assist in locating him.

The U.S. Marshals and York City Police detectives pursued leads for more than three years. Their diligence paid off when they discovered Ramirez-Herrera was spotted in the Dominican town of El Seibo.

On March 6, 2015, Dominican Republic authorities arrested him in El Seibo pursuant to an extradition request submitted by the United States. On February 20th, Ramirez-Herrera was extradited to the United States.

“This arrest is a direct result of cooperation between U.S. and Dominican law enforcement authorities, to include the U.S. Marshals Service’s International Branch,” said U.S. Marshal Pane. “Additionally, the persistence of the personnel assigned to the Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania working together with our partners in in the York City Police Department and the York County District Attorney’s Office ensured this man was brought to justice.”

The U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania is comprised of 22 state, county and local police agencies, including the York City Police Department and the York County District Attorney’s Office.

Significant assistance was also provided by the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs and Dominican law enforcement authorities.

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