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For Immediate Release

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March 30, 2010 Michael R. Regan, United States Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (717) 221-2213
On the Run for 1 Year, U.S. Marshals Arrest Sex Fugitive Who Jumped Bail
Original charges filed in Monroe County by Pocono Mountain Regional Police

Scranton, PA – U.S. Marshal Michael R. Regan announced today the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) arrested Gilbert Santiago-Hernandez in Juncos, Puerto Rico.

Santiago-Hernandez was being sought on a bench warrant issued March 5, 2009 by Monroe County Court of Common Pleas Judge Margherita P. Worthington. The warrant, held by the Monroe County Sheriffs Office, charged Santiago-Hernandez with Failure to Appear for a hearing on February 26, 2009 in the Monroe County Courthouse.

In mid-September 2008, the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department investigated the birth of a child by a minor female. It was determined the female was 14 years old when the child was conceived. The father of the child was identified as Santiago-Hernandez, and it was determined he was 19 years old at the time. Subsequent investigation revealed Santiago-Hernandez had been having relations since May / June 2006 with the minor female, when she would have been 12 years old.

On September 23, 2008, an arrest warrant was signed by Magisterial District Judge Anthony D. Fluegel in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania. Based upon the allegations that Santiago-Hernandez engaged in sexual intercourse with the victim who was under the age of 16, that Santiago-Hernandez was four or more years older than the victim, and that Santiago-Hernandez and the victim were not married, an arrest warrant was issued, charging the following offenses:

1 count of Statutory Sexual Assault
4 counts of Indecent Assault
1 count of Luring a Child into a Motor Vehicle / Structure
1 count of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor

On September 23, 2008, Santiago-Hernandez was arrested on these charges, and was lodged in the Monroe County Prison. On February 5, 2009, and after posting $25,000.00 straight bail, he was released by Magisterial District Judge Brian R. Germano from Marshalls Creek. Santiago-Hernandez then failed to appear in Monroe County Court on February 26, 2009.

On March 18, 2010, the Pocono Mountain Regional Police requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service to locate and apprehend Santiago-Hernandez. This fugitive case was included as part of the USMS-led Operation First Light III round-up in Monroe County. This 5-day fugitive operation took place from March 22-26.

U.S. Marshals in Scranton developed information on the fugitive’s possible whereabouts in Puerto Rico. An investigative lead was sent to U.S. Marshals in San Juan.

On March 30, U.S. Marshals located and arrested Santiago-Hernandez in the town of Juncos, Puerto Rico. The fugitive was taken into custody without incident.

Santiago-Hernandez, now 22 years of age, was processed and committed to the Bayamon Regional Jail. He will await a court appearance and further hearings relating to his extradition to Monroe County.

U.S. Marshals were assisted in this fugitive investigation by the Monroe County Sheriffs Office and the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department. The concept of all USMS-led fugitive operations is to seek out and arrest the nation’s most dangerous, predatory, and violent offenders.

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