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Thursday, February 20, 2014

U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests U.S. Army Deserter in Lebanon County

Harrisburg, PA – Today, U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced that the United States Marshals Service (USMS) Task Force arrested Captain Beniah Nwankwo – a 33-year old man in Lebanon County.

In June of 2009, Captain Nwankwo entered the United States Army as a Medical Physician Resident. On June 20, 2012, Captain Nwankwo went absent without leave (AWOL) from his unit located at the Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Captain Nwankwo remained AWOL until his arrest earlier today.

On July 23, 2012, the United States Army listed Captain Nwankwo as a deserter. An investigative lead was sent to the United States Marshals Service in the Middle District of Pennsylvania on February 18, 2014 with information that Nwankwo might be in south central Pennsylvania working as a physician.

On the morning of February 19, 2014, Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers arrested Nwankwo without incident in the 400 block of East Lincoln Way in Myerstown. At the time of his arrest, Captain Nwankwo was working at the Stone Ridge Nursing and Retirement Center.

Captain Nwankwo will be seen by a Federal Magistrate Judge tomorrow morning, and awaits further transfer to the United States Army for final disposition.

United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “Assisting the U.S. Military in bringing persons charged with desertion is a responsibility the U.S. Marshals Service bears. Persons charged as such deserve to have their day facing justice.”

The USMS worked jointly in this investigation with personnel from the York City Police Department, York County Sheriff’s Office, and the Pennsylvania State Police. These agencies participate in the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

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