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October 8, 2007 Eastern District of Kentucky - Covington
Deputy U.S. Marshal Kevin Raih (859) 392-7918; or
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065


Tony Artrip Now in Custody Following Prison Escape, Brazen String of Robberies

COVINGTON, KY – Less than three weeks after being named to the U.S. Marshals “15 Most Wanted Fugitives” list, serial bank robber and prison escapee Anthony “Tony” Ray Artrip is now in custody after U.S. Marshals Deputies, joined by state and local authorities, arrested him in a hotel in South Fayette Township, Pa., at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Artrip, 35, of Ashland, Ky., was arrested without incident following a standoff at the hotel outside of Pittsburgh. Tips led Marshals Deputies to the Knights Inn in South Fayette, where they attempted an arrest at a room rented by Artrip at approximately 9:30 this morning. When authorities entered the room, Artrip was gone and had apparently escaped by climbing through the ceiling tiles and was in the hotel attic – prompting authorities to evacuate the motel, secure the area and establish a perimeter. He had remained in the hotel during the standoff.

Artrip was wanted by U.S. Marshals in the Eastern District of Kentucky since his June escape from the Grant County, Kentucky Detention Center. Following his escape, Artrip is a suspect in at least five bank robberies in West Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan and Georgia. During the commission of these robberies, Artrip allegedly drew a handgun on several tellers. Artrip was nearly apprehended in Asheville, N.C., on Sept. 11, 2007, but escaped after a vehicle pursuit.

“It is great news that we have finally managed to bring Tony Artrip in. This was likely one of the most brazen and elusive criminals we have ever pursued and all of us are relived that his crime spree has come to an end without further violence or injury, “said John Schickel, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

“I would like to thank all of the dedicated law enforcement professionals who helped in the apprehension of this dangerous fugitive. My thanks to Marshal Tom Fitzgerald and the authorities in western Pennsylvania who brought Artrip in – assuring he had no place to hide as he tried to pull off one more vanishing act.”

Recently, Artrip was profiled on FOX-TV’s America’s Most Wanted. It is believed that tips into this program aided the Marshals efforts to apprehend Artrip.

Prior to his escape, Artrip was awaiting sentencing in federal court for three counts of bank robbery, following a conviction in Ohio.

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For more information, go to the U.S. Marshals web site at www.usmarshals.gov .