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April 28, 2010 DUSM Tony Torres, District of Puerto Rico (787) 766-6000
U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests "Most Wanted"
San Juan, Puerto Rico – Eric Timberman, the United States Marshal for the District of Puerto Rico, would like to announce that Jose Ruiz-Rivera, a “Most Wanted” Fugitive of the U.S. Marshals led Puerto Rico Fugitive Task Force (PRFTF), was arrested today in Florida, Puerto Rico.

Ruiz-Rivera was wanted by the Philadelphia Police Department since September of 2009 for rape of a minor stemming from an alleged incident in which Ruiz-Rivera had forcible sexual intercourse with the ten year old daughter of his girlfriend. The Philadelphia Police Department requested the assistance of the United States Marshals Service and initial information led investigators to believe that Ruiz-Rivera had fled to Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rico Fugitive Task Force was contacted which made Ruiz-Rivera a “Most Wanted” subject based on the violent nature of the case.

The U.S. Marshals led PRFTF was able to develop information that Ruiz-Rivera was staying at a girlfriend’s residence in Barrio Las Tosa, located in Florida, Puerto Rico. Investigators established surveillance on the residence and were able to observe Ruiz-Rivera smoking cigarettes while watching television with a female resident. Upon confirmation of the subject’s identity, task force members were able to move in and arrest Ruiz-Rivera without incident. Ruiz-Rivera was transported to a local jail where he awaits extradition to Philadelphia.

“With the arrest of Ruiz-Rivera, another of our “Most Wanted” Fugitives, the Puerto Rico Fugitive Task Force continues to demonstrate that when the U.S. Marshals Service teams with its state and local partners, there is no safe haven for violent fugitives anywhere,” stated Eric Timberman, United States Marshal for the District of Puerto Rico.

The U.S. Marshals led Puerto Rico Fugitive Task Force is the fugitive arm of the US Marshals in Puerto Rico. In the last calendar year alone, the PRFTF arrested more than 1,250 violent fugitives.

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