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For Immediate Release

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June 22, 2009 James A. Cunfer, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (570) 323-7245;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. MARSHALS CAPTURE ALLEGED KIDNAPPER SOUGHT BY BERWICK AUTHORITIES
Fugitive also wanted in Luzerne County and Monroe County
Williamsport, PA - U.S. Marshal Michael R. Regan announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service arrested John William Bennett in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Bennett was being sought for his role in a 10 day crime spree in Berwick, Pennsylvania during April and May 2009.

Bennett was being sought on three separate arrest warrants signed by Magisterial District Judge Richard P. Cashman in Berwick, Pennsylvania.

During the evening hours of May 3, the Berwick Police Department responded to a report of burglary in progress. The resident had arrived home, and encountered a burglar in her home. The intruder assaulted the resident with a baseball bat, and then fled. Efforts to locate the suspect were unsuccessful.

On May 5, the Berwick Police Department investigated an incident in which an individual, known as “Kai”, had been swinging a baseball bat at a teenage driver. The suspect struck the teenager’s vehicle, causing significant damage.

On May 12, the Berwick Police Department investigated an incident in which an individual, known as “Kai”, had kidnapped a female at knifepoint, and held the victim against her will for several hours. It is alleged that “Kai” was in possession of a firearm during the commission of the kidnapping, and that he threatened the victim with this weapon. It is alleged that the victim was driven to Hazleton, and then back to Berwick where she ultimately was released unharmed.

On May 13, the Berwick Police Department obtained an arrest warrant against Bennett, charging him with the following offenses: Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and Criminal Mischief.

On May 14, the Berwick Police obtained a separate arrest warrant against Bennett, charging him with Burglary, Unlawful Restraint, and Assault.

On May 21, Bennett was charged by the Berwick Police with the following offenses: Kidnapping, Unlawful Restraint, and Terroristic Threats.

On May 22, the Berwick Police Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service. This fugitive was adopted as part of the U.S. Marshals Service’s Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Initially, U.S. Marshals in Williamsport determined that Bennett was also being sought by several other law enforcement agencies in northeast Pennsylvania.

Bennett was wanted by the Luzerne County Sheriffs Office on a warrant, dated July 15, 2008, that charged him with failure to appear in county court.

Bennett was being sought by the Monroe County Sheriffs Office on a warrant, dated September 8, 2008, that charged him with failure to appear on an assault case.

Bennett was wanted by the Hazleton Police Department on a warrant, dated December 10, 2008, that charged him with possession of a controlled substance.

On June 22 at 5:00 P.M., U.S. Marshals located and identified Bennett as he left a residence in the 500 block of Prescott Avenue in Scranton. He was arrested without incident by U.S Marshals and members of the USMS Fugitive Task Force.

Bennett, 25 years of age, was driven to Columbia County, where he was turned over to officers from the Berwick Police Department for further processing and court proceedings.

U.S. Marshals, based out of Williamsport, worked jointly with the Berwick Police Department in their pursuit of Bennett. U.S. Marshals were assisted by the following agencies that comprise its Fugitive Task Force: the Northumberland County Adult Probation Office and the Lycoming County Sheriffs Office. This cooperative effort led to the successful and safe capture of Bennett.

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