Criminal Justice News

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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



Harrisburg, PA - Today, U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced the arrest of Julio Enrique Melecio, a 41-year old man from York.

On October 8, 2015, the York City Police Department obtained an arrest warrant charging Melecio with Rape and lesser included offenses. The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) Fugitive Task Force adopted the case and developed information that Melecio may be staying in a residence in the 900 block of West College Avenue, York, PA. This afternoon, Task Force Officers located Melecio at that residence and he was arrested without incident. He was turned over to the York County Sheriff’s Office Central Booking Unit.

United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “It is important to bring those charged with serious sex crimes to justice. It is my hope that the victim will find comfort knowing the alleged attacker is now in custody.”

The USMS 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, the York County Sheriff’s Office and the Pennsylvania State Police – all of whom participated in this investigation.

Durham Man Charged with Shooting Toddler Arrested by U.S. Marshals in Durham, NC



Durham, NC - On February 19, 2016, at approximately 3:30 pm, Marion Lacount Laney, 26, was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force (JFTF) and the Durham Police Department.

On February 19, 2016, warrants were issued for Laney by the Durham Police Department for following charges: one count of discharging a firearm into occupied property inflicting serious injury, one count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of injury to property and one count of discharging a firearm within the city limits. Mr. Laney is a validated gang member.

On February 16, 2016 at around 3:00 pm, officers were dispatched to a shooting call on Great Bend Drive. When officers arrived on the scene, they found an eighteen month old boy had been shot inside the residence. The child was immediately taken to the hospital for medical treatment and released. Officers were told that numerous shots were fired by the occupants of a dark colored sedan.

Information was developed that led the JFTF to an address of 912 Northcreek Drive in Durham, North Carolina. Laney was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Durham Police Substation One for processing. He has been placed in Durham County Jail under a $1.5 million bond.

The U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force for the Middle District of North Carolina is comprised of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, Immigration Customs & Enforcement, Chapel Hill Police Department, Durham Police Department, Greensboro Police Department, High Point Police Department, Winston-Salem Police Department, Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Department of Community Corrections – Probation & Parole.

Monday, February 22, 2016

U.S. Marshals Arrest Non-Compliant Sex Offender



McFarland, WI - The Badgerland Fugitive Investigative Apprehension Squad which is comprised of members of the U.S. Marshals Service, Dane County Sheriff’s Department, Sauk County Sheriff’s Department, Wisconsin Department of Corrections and Wisconsin Criminal Investigations (DCI) arrested 35 year old Jeremy Simons in McFarland, WI. Simons had been wanted by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections since October of 2014 for violating the terms of his parole. Simons was on parole after being convicted in Rock County, WI for possession of child pornography and causing a child under the age of 13 to listen/view a sex act. Simons was also wanted by the Rock County Sherriff’s department for a sex offender registry violation and obstructing law enforcement.

Simons was actively being sought by the Badgerland Fugitive Apprehension Squad when new information in the investigation provided a possible address in McFarland, WI. With assistance from the McFarland Police Department, the Badgerland Fugitive Apprehension Squad was able to locate and arrest Simons without incident on February 19, 2016. Simons also faces a new charge in Dane County for failing to register as a sex offender.

The U.S. Marshals Service, established in 1789, is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. More federal fugitives are apprehended by the U.S. Marshals each year than by all other federal agencies combined.