– U.S. Marshals arrested 15 Most Wanted fugitive Luc
Pierre-Charles Jr., last night in Rockledge, Fla. His capture marks
the 200th Most Wanted fugitive arrested in the program’s
Investigators from the U.S. Marshals
Service in Tampa and Orlando employed extensive investigative tools
to track down Pierre-Charles. Working on information received from
the Pasco County area indicating he was in contact with family
members in the Cocoa area, U.S. Marshals deployed to bring the
fugitive to justice.
Once U.S. Marshals arrived in the area,
they located and questioned one of the fugitive’s known associates.
Information received from the associate led U.S. Marshals to the
house of one of Pierre-Charles’ relatives. Pierre-Charles was found
hiding under a bed and refused to comply with commands to surrender.
A brief struggle ensued and U.S. Marshals deployed less-lethal
measures to subdue the fugitive. Pierre-Charles was transported to
the Brevard County Jail where he is currently housed.
“Luc Pierre-Charles Jr., was captured
and returned to justice through the dedicated efforts of law
enforcement officers who would not let one of America’s most violent
fugitives rest,” said Director John F. Clark of the U.S. Marshals
Service. “Pierre-Charles’ capture ends his reign of terror over his
local community and hopefully brings some comfort to the families of
In July 2006, the bodies of two high
school lacrosse players were found lying side-by-side, facedown,
murdered execution-style, miles from their suburban homes near
Orlando. They had been shot from behind multiple times. In August,
20-year-old Pierre-Charles Jr., a suspect sought in connection with
the student slayings, was added to the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted
fugitives list after Pasco County officials turned to the U.S.
Marshals to help with a nationwide pursuit.
“The capture of this dangerous fugitive
was a collaborative effort by the Florida Regional Fugitive Task
Force comprised of U.S. Marshals and Florida state and local law
enforcement agencies,” said U.S. Marshal Thomas D. Hurlburt Jr. “We
recently demonstrated the value of a regional task force with
Operation Orange Crush, and we didn’t stop when the operation
concluded. The task force continues to make the streets of Florida a
safer place for all our citizens.”
Pierre-Charles was wanted by the U.S.
Marshals and Florida authorities on multiple charges including:
murder in the 1st degree – two counts; armed home invasion;
aggravated assault; battery on a police officer, and; unlawful
flight to avoid prosecution.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of
the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted fugitive list. During that time,
200 of 212 fugitives on the list have been found, leading to the
convictions of some of the nation’s most violent felons.
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