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For Immediate Release

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August 03, 2012 James Cunfer, Chief Deputy U. S. Marshal
(570) 346-7277, x222
U.S. Marshals Arrest New York City Casino Robbery Suspect

Scranton, PA – Today, United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced that the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) arrested a man accused of a daring daylight robbery in June at the Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park, Queens, New York.

Kevin Lides, a 23-year old man from the Briarwood section of Queens, was being sought after fingerprints on a note handed to a teller matched his own. Lides allegedly walked into the crowded casino on Friday afternoon June 29, 2012, approached a cashier’s cage, and handed the female teller a note which demanded money or she would be killed if she did not comply. Police reports indicate that the suspect told the teller he had a gun and reached under his shirt. Lides is accused of walking away with $63,000 from the heist.

Lides was charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree larceny.

On July 18, the case was adopted by the U.S. Marshals Service’s New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force (NY/NJ RFTF) in New York City.

On July 31, U.S. Marshals based in Scranton conducted an investigation in Mt. Pocono. At approximately 4:00pm, U.S. Marshals and members of the USMS Middle District of Pennsylvania (M/PA) Fugitive Task Force located Lides at an apartment in the 600 block of Pocono Boulevard, where he was arrested without incident.

Lides was processed and charged as a fugitive-from-justice. He was held in custody pending his extradition to New York.

United States Marshal Pane stated, “The U.S. Marshals Service places a high priority on fugitive cases in which the use or threat of violence against innocent victims occurs. Working with our partners in local law enforcement, we ensure that violent offenders are brought to justice, all in an effort to make our communities safer and more secure.”

U.S. Marshals were assisted by several agencies that comprise its M/PA Fugitive Task Force. This included officers from the Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Office and Pennsylvania State Police. Additionally, officers from the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department provided support in the fugitive’s arrest.

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

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