Alexandria, VA - U.S. Marshal Robert Mathieson announces the arrest of Derek Mantilla. 20-year-old Mantilla has been wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), Prince William County Sheriff’s Office and Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office since August. Most notably, the Prince William County warrant charged this fugitive with felony probation violation based on original charges stemming from gang participation and prostitution.
At approximately 9:15 am, investigators with the USMS Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force (CARFTF), operating within the federal Eastern District of Virginia (E/VA), developed information which strongly suggested that Mantilla was residing at the Days Inn Hotel located at 7249 New Market Court, Manassas, VA 20109. Deputy U.S. Marshals took strategic steps to confirm the fugitive’s whereabouts within the hotel.
At approximately 10:30 am, investigators approached, knocked and announced their presence at the hotel room door. Law enforcement officers gained entry into the room, observed and arrested Mantilla without incident. Mantilla was transported to Prince William County Adult Detention Center.
After law enforcement officers left the hotel room, it was determined that a 22-year-old female in the room was also wanted by the USMS due to a warrant issued by the U.S. District Court in the same morning. Prince William County Police Department (PWCPD) quickly proved instrumental in locating and apprehending this female who had left the hotel, but was present in the general area. At approximately 11:35 a.m., a PWCPD officer observed and detained the wanted female walking near the intersection of Coverstone Drive and Ashton Avenue in Manassas in support of USMS efforts. CARFTF investigators arrived on scene and obtained custody of this fugitive.
These arrests could not have been made possible without the strong law enforcement relationship between the USMS and PWCPD. USMS CARFTF within E/VA consists of numerous law enforcement partners, including, but not limited to, the City of Alexandria Sheriff’s Office, Fairfax County Police Department, Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police. Each agency came together to provide the resources necessary in bringing these fugitives to justice, and once again displayed that a wanted person will not hide easily in this country.
The U.S. Marshals Service arrested more than 33,700 federal fugitives, 71,000 state and local fugitives, and 11,600 sex offenders in fiscal year 2014.