Criminal Justice News

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Arrests Suspect for Weapons Offenses

Harrisburg, PA – United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) arrested 19-year old Elvin Mateo in York, Pennsylvania.

Mateo was being sought by the Pennsylvania State Police for weapons-related offenses. In October 2013, the York City Police Department responded to a shooting in the area of Market and West Streets. Responding law enforcement officers recovered two handguns that were dropped by the fleeing suspects. Mateo was later identified as being one of the suspects who dropped a handgun.

On December 17, Magisterial District Judge Richard Martin issued an arrest warrant against Mateo, charging him with:

    Possession of a Prohibited Firearm
    Firearms not to be Carried without a License
    Receiving Stolen Property

The Pennsylvania State Police requested assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania to locate and arrest Mateo.

On January 7, U.S. Marshals and members of the USMS M/PA Task Force located and arrested Mateo inside a residence on East Street in the city of York. Mateo attempted to flee the home to avoid apprehension, but he re-entered after encountering arrest team members. Mateo was taken into custody inside the home as he hid to avoid detection. Upon Mateo’s capture, two firearms were seized. He was turned over to local authorities for processing, pending further judicial proceedings.

“The U.S. Marshals Service places a high priority on fugitive cases involving suspects with violent tendencies. Getting Mateo off the street was essential to making our communities safer,” said Martin J. Pane, United States Marshal for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

The USMS worked in a coordinated effort on this fugitive investigation with officers from the Pennsylvania State Police, the York City Police Department, and the York County Sheriff’s Office.

The concept of all USMS-led fugitive task forces is to seek out and arrest the nation’s most dangerous offenders.

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