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Saturday, December 14, 2013

U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Apprehends Robbery Suspect in Philadelphia



Harrisburg, PA – United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) Fugitive Task Force arrested 31 year old Justin Matthews in Philadelphia.

Matthews was being sought by the Upper Allen Township Police Department for a residential robbery. It is alleged that, on November 5, 2013, Matthews and other accomplices robbed four victims at gun point at the victim’s residence in Mechanicsburg. On November 8, 2013 Magisterial District Judge Mark Martin issued an arrested warrant charging Matthews with:

    Robbery – Threat Immediate Serious Injury
    Simple Assault
    Terroristic Threats with Intent to Terrorize Another
    Theft by Unlawful Taking – Movable Property
    Conspiracy – Robbery – Threat Immediate Serious Injury

On November 18, 2013 the Upper Allen Township Police Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force to locate and arrest Matthews. The Task Force developed information that Matthews may have fled to Philadelphia. During the morning hours of December 13, 2013 U.S. Marshals and task force officers located and arrested Matthews without incident in Philadelphia.

United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “The U.S. Marshals Service places a high priority on fugitive cases like this one where violence occurs. Getting Matthews off the street was essential to making our streets safer. The Fugitive Unit worked hard to locate and apprehend him and I’m glad it was accomplished in a safe manner.”

U.S. Marshals were assisted by Upper Allen Township Police Department, Lower Paxton Township Police Department and members of the USMS Eastern Pennsylvania Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force.

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