Monday, February 24, 2014

U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests West Manheim Armed Robbery Suspect

Harrisburg, PA – Today, U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced that the United States Marshals Service (USMS) Task Force arrested Cory Clark – a 26-year old man in Thomasville, Pennsylvania.

On January 23, 2014, the West Manheim Township Police Department responded to a report of a robbery on Fuhrman Mill Road in Hanover. The responding officer came upon an injured victim bleeding from the hand. The victim sustained a sever laceration during the armed robbery, causing nerve damage. Clark was identified as one of the three suspects in this crime.

On February 12th, Magisterial District Judge James Miner issued an arrest warrant charging Clark with the following crimes:

    Robbery – Threat Immediate Serious Injury
    Robbery – Inflict Threat Immediate Bodily Injury
    Conspiracy – Robbery – Threat Immediate Serious Injury
    Conspiracy – Robbery – Inflict Threat Immediate Bodily Injury
    Aggravated Assault
    Simple Assault
    Terroristic Threats With Intent To Terrorize Another
    Theft By Unlawful Taking – Movable Property
    Receiving Stolen Property

On the morning of February 20th, Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers arrested Clark without incident in the 100 block of Chesapeake Estates in Thomasville. Clark was turned over to local authorities for processing. The other two suspects were previously arrested.

United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “We place a high priority on fugitive cases in which the use or threat of violence against innocent victims occurs. By working with our law enforcement partners, communities throughout Pennsylvania become safer and more secure.”

The USMS worked with personnel from the York City Police Department, York County Sheriff’s Office, York County District Attorney’s Office, Adams County Sheriff’s Department, Latimore Township Police Department, and the Pennsylvania State Police. These agencies are participating members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force. Additional assistance was provided by the West Manheim Township Police Department.

Alleged Child Predator Arrested

Albuquerque, NM - On 12/09/2013 a 2nd Judicial District of the State of New Mexico issued a warrant for Michael Perez on 6 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor; 3 counts of kidnapping; 3 counts of intimidation of a witness; tampering with evidence; 7 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The United States Marshals Service South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) task force adopted the case on 12/09/2013. Investigators developed information that the subject may be living in Tulsa, OK. United States Marshals Service Deputies in Oklahoma confirmed Perez had been in Tulsa, but fled to Colorado in October 2013. Investigators began searching for ties in Colorado, and developed information that Perez was possibly in Colorado Springs. Again the Marshals Service in New Mexico reached out to its counter parts in Colorado. U.S. Marshals Service Deputies in Colorado found information that led them to believe Perez had been living there with his girlfriend and their child, but had left in early December. Investigators were able to now identify Perez’s girlfriend and believed she had ties in Las Cruces.

Deputies and task force officers were able to find Perez’s girlfriend but not Perez. Deputies knowing they were close didn’t stop. Perez’s mother in Artesia was interviewed and claimed no knowledge of her son’s whereabouts, but shortly after the mother’s interview Perez turned himself in to the Artesia Police Department. Perez was taken into custody and booked on the warrant. He is pending extradition back to Bernalillo County to face his charges.

Conrad Candelaria commented on the arrest “with unwavering commitment, the fugitive task force remained on the investigative trail of an elusive and dangerous fugitive. The Marshals task force and its many law enforcement partners from throughout multiple jurisdictions coalesced investigative efforts to track and pursue a child predator, because every law enforcement agency embraces the priority of protecting the most precious and vulnerable---- our children”.

Fostering Cooperation between the Military and Universities

By Rear Adm. Sean Buck
Director, 21st Century Sailor Office

The U.S. military and university systems have a number of things in common – one of which includes a considerable portion of our respective populations being 18-24 year olds. This is an age demographic where sexual assault is of special concern and education can make a significant, positive impact.

I just completed a visit to Rice University in Houston, Texas, and last month visited the University of San Diego. In both places, I sat down with each school’s respective sexual assault prevention and response staff and compared the various programs of each organization to those of our Navy.

Many schools have a Title IX coordinator, a person who is responsible for monitoring and overseeing the university’s compliance with Title IX. He or she also is in charge of the prevention of sexual harassment and discrimination, including the coordination of education and training activities and the response to Title IX complaints. This is much the same job that I, as the director of the 21st Century Sailor Office, hold.

The university systems also have staffs who care for sexual assault victims in much the same way as our Navy’s sexual assault response coordinators and victim advocates. In both university and military settings, these advocates provide vital support as they reach out to and assist victims with their emotional and physical needs after an assault.

Since we, the military, share many similarities with university systems with regards to sexual assault prevention and response, it makes sense to join forces. We can strategize, share best practices and lessons learned, and dialogue constantly with one another.

It’s imperative for the military to share best practices with universities, and vice versa, to share with those who are tackling some of the same issues pertaining to sexual assault prevention and response. Together we can care for victims and refine the services, education, training and opportunities for Sailors and students alike. Together, we have an opportunity to reduce the number of sexual assaults in our country.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

U.S. Marshals Arrest Suspect Wanted for Homicide

Cleveland, OH –This morning, at approximately 9:00 a.m., the U.S. Marshal’s Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) arrested Chevarrean Young, age 26. Young was wanted by the Cleveland Police (CPD) for murder. The charges stem from a homicide that occurred on Dec. 18th of last year. It is alleged that Young and co-defendant, David Baker, shot into a vehicle that had used their driveway to turn around. The two struck and killed the female driver of that vehicle. Baker was arrested by the U.S. Marshals in Macon, GA on January 31st.

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) was given the case by CPD on January 1st and asked to help locate the pair. The NOVFTF developed information that Young had fled the area to Cincinnati. The NOVFTF reached out to SOFAST to help locate and apprehend Young. SOFAST discovered that Young was staying at an address near the 9900 block of Mangham Dr. in Cincinnati. SOFAST went to the residence and located Young inside. Young was transported to the Hamilton County Jail where he will wait extradition back to Cleveland.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said, “The long arm of the law reaches out and grabs another violent fugitive. This was excellent work by our counterparts in Southern Ohio. It reinforces the old saying, You can run but you can’t hide.”

Anyone with information concerning any wanted fugitive can contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED (1-866-492-6833). You may also anonymously text in a tip by texting the keyword "WANTED" and your tip to TIP411 (847411), or you can send a web tip at the following webpage Reward money is available and tipsters may remain anonymous.

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force – Cleveland Division is composed of the following federal, state and local agencies: U.S. Marshals Service, Cleveland Police Department, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department, Euclid Police Department, Lakewood Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General, Solon Police Department, and the Westlake Police Department.

NH Fugitive of the Week Surrenders to NH Probation

Concord, NH – This afternoon, Fugitive of the Week, Daniel Debutts, Jr., surrendered at the NH State Probation Office in Dover. Debutts, 24, who was last known to be residing in the Rochester, NH area was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for Probation Violations, stemming from his original conviction and sentence for Possession of Narcotics.

Daniel Debutts, Jr. was featured as last week’s “Fugitive of the Week” after the NH State Probation and Parole Office requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in an effort to locate and arrest Debutts. Debutts was wanted on a seemingly minor arrest warrant, but Debutts serious criminal history earned the attention of the U.S. Marshals.

As part of the U.S. Marshal’s fugitive investigation, Debutts was aired last Thursday, February 13th as the 'Fugitive of the Week'. The 'Fugitive of the Week' is broadcast on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, The Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph, The Patch and is prominently featured on the internet. Debutts surrendered today at the Probation office after seeing himself on WMUR-TV.

Debutts was arrested on the outstanding warrant and was brought to the Strafford County Jail, where he will be held pending his initial court appearance.

Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 5,523 arrests. These arrests have ranged in seriousness from murder, assault, unregistered sex offenders, probation and parole violations and numerous other serious offenses. Nationally the United States Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, 7 regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.