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March 23, 2011

U.S. Marshals nab fugitive in Williamsport

WILLIAMSPORT — U.S. Marshals have apprehended a suspect who jumped bail following his conviction on attempted murder and robbery charges.

Harold Hoskins was being sought on a bench warrant issued February 21, 2007 by Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas Judge William S. Kieser. The warrant charged Hoskins with failure to appear for sentencing in Lycoming County, said Acting U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane.

U.S. Marshals based in Williamsport developed information on Hoskins’ possible whereabouts in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. Investigative leads were sent to U.S. Marshals in these locations, but they met with negative results.

Within the past two days, U.S. Marshals developed information that Hoskins may have returned to Williamsport.

At about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, U.S. Marshals and members of its M/PA Fugitive Task Force made entry into a home in the 400 block of Wilson Street in Williamsport. The fugitive was found hiding in a second floor bedroom. He was arrested without incident. When confronted by U.S. Marshals, he admitted his true name.

Hoskins, now 50 years of age, was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in Williamsport. He will await a court appearance and sentencing on the 9 felony convictions from 2007.

“The arrest of Hoskins sends a strong message to other fugitives, especially those who have eluded capture for so long,” Pane said. “We are committed to ridding our communities of fugitives charged with violent offenses, and continue to work with our law enforcement partners to ensure their apprehension.”

U.S. Marshals were assisted by several agencies that comprise its M/PA Fugitive Task Force. This included officers from the Lycoming County Sheriffs Office and the Northumberland County Adult Probation Office.

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

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov

 

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