Criminal Justice News

Saturday, September 03, 2016

U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests Florida Homicide Suspect in Hazle Township



Scranton,  PA - Today, U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced that the United States Marshals Service (USMS) Fugitive Task Force arrested Geronimo Dejesus – a 55-year old man.

On August 23, 2016 the Orange County Sheriff’s Office obtained an arrest warrant for Dejesus charging him with First Degree Murder. Allegedly, Dejesus beat his victim over the head with a shovel on November 24, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. The victim was transported to an area hospital but two months later succumbed to his injuries sustained during the attack.

U.S. Marshals out of Orlando began working with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to locate and arrest Dejesus. The Marshals Service Florida-Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force developed information that Dejesus may have fled to Pennsylvania. An investigative lead was sent to the Marshals Office in Scranton, Pennsylvania. This morning the Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force arrested Dejesus without incident in the 200 block of Washington Ave, Hazle Township. Dejesus was turned over to local authorities pending judicial proceedings.

United States Marshal Pane stated, “The coordination and cooperation demonstrated by law enforcement in this case ensured that an extremely dangerous and unpredictable murder 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 officers from the Scranton Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police.

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