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For Immediate Release

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March 11, 2011

James A. Cunfer

Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal

Middle District of Pennsylvania – (570) 323-7245

U.S. Marshals Capture West Virginia Child Abuse Fugitive

Also sought on multiple Pennsylvania warrants

SCRANTON, Pa. –  Acting U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) arrested Tony Ray Ford in Warren Center, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

 

Ford had been sought by West Virginia authorities for an incident in November 2009.  It is alleged Ford engaged in the sexual abuse of a four-year old female.  The West Virginia State Police conducted the investigation.

 

As a result, an arrest warrant was issued in Marion County, West Virginia on October 4, 2010, charging Ford with Sexual Abuse in the 1st degree.

 

In addition to the fugitive warrant from West Virginia, Ford was also being sought by the McKean County Sheriff’s Office in Smethport, Pennsylvania.  On November 13, 2008, an arrest warrant was issued, charging Ford with Criminal Trespass – Breaking into a Structure.

 

Ford was also being sought by the Bradford, Pennsylvania Police Department on a warrant dated December 18, 2008.  He was charged with Making a False Report to Law Enforcement.

 

The West Virginia State Police requested the assistance of U.S. Marshals to identify, locate and apprehend Ford.  The case was adopted by the U.S. Marshals Service Mountain State Fugitive Task Force in the Northern District of West Virginia.

 

Within the last 48 hours, U.S. Marshals and members of the USMS Middle District of Pennsylvania (M/PA) Fugitive Task Force began working leads on Ford’s whereabouts in Bradford County.

 

During the afternoon hours of March 10, U.S. Marshals and members of its M/PA Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Ford at Lake O’Meadows in Warren Center.

 

Ford, 25 years of age, was taken to the Bradford County Prison, based upon the felony charges in McKean County.  Ford will also be charged as a fugitive-from-justice, and await court proceedings concerning his extradition to West Virginia on the 1st degree Sexual Abuse case.

 

U.S. Marshals were assisted by the Pennsylvania State Police during this fugitive investigation.

 

The concept of all USMS-led fugitive task forces is to seek out and arrest the nation’s most dangerous offenders.  Since 2006, the United States Marshals Service has arrested more than 34,000 fugitives for Sex Offenses, Failure to Register and Failure to Comply with Sex Offenders Registration Requirements.

 

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

 

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