Criminal Justice News

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests Lancaster Shooting Suspect in York

Harrisburg, PA – United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) Task Force arrested Joshua Rojas, a 29-year old man, in York, Pennsylvania.

Rojas was being sought for a shooting that occurred on March 8, 2014 in Manheim Township. It is alleged that Rojas shot at his victim after getting into a verbal argument. The victim was struck multiple times in the lower body and was taken to Lancaster General Hospital for treatment of his wounds. On March 8, an arrest warrant was issued charging Rojas with:

    Aggravated Assault
    Criminal Conspiracy (Aggravated Assault)
    Recklessly Endangering Another Person

At the request of the Manheim Township Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania began investigating the whereabouts of Rojas. U.S. Marshals developed information which indicated Rojas may have fled to the York area. U.S. Marshals in Reading sent an investigative lead to Harrisburg-based U.S. Marshals in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Earlier today, Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers located Rojas in the 600 block of West King Street. The fugitive was apprehended after attempting to elude law enforcement. Rojas was turned over to the Manheim Township Police Department for processing.

United States Marshal Pane stated, “The coordination and cooperation demonstrated by law enforcement in this case ensured that an extremely dangerous and unpredictable fugitive was taken off the streets. It is our top priority to arrest violent offenders, especially those who have no regard for human life. It is my hope that the victim’s family will find some measure of comfort knowing that the alleged attacker has been brought to justice.”

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

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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