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For Immediate Release

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October 26, 2012 Edward Holst, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (570) 346-7277
U.S. Marshals Apprehend Mehoopany Man Wanted for Sex Crimes
Sought on additional parole warrants

Scranton, PA – U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today the arrest of 27-year old Joshua Baker in Manhattan, New York.

Baker was being sought on an arrest warrant dated October 20, 2012 and signed by Magisterial District Judge John J. Hovan in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania.

On October 20, 2012, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) conducted an investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a minor in Mehoopany Township. As a result, an arrest warrant was issued against Baker, charging him with the following offenses:

  • 1 count of aggravated indecent without consent
  • 1 count of aggravated indecent – forcible compulsion
  • 1 count of corruption of minors – defendant age 18 or above
  • 1 count of indecent assault without consent of other
  • 1 count of indecent assault forcible compulsion

Baker fled the Mehoopany area in an attempt to elude law enforcement.

Baker was also being sought by Susquehanna County Probation and Parole authorities on an arrest warrant dated October 24, 2012. The warrant charged Baker with failure to comply with the terms of parole. Baker was on parole for previous arrests, convictions, and sentences in 2004 for assault and 2011 for theft.

Shortly after the issuance of the arrest warrant, the PSP requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) to locate and apprehend Baker. This case was adopted by the U.S. Marshals Service’s Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania (M/PA).

U.S. Marshals based in Scranton investigated several leads on the possible whereabouts of Baker. On October 24, U.S. Marshals developed information that the fugitive may be traveling to New York City on a bus. Scranton Marshals coordinated with the New York - New Jersey Port Authority Police Department, who arrested Baker without incident when he arrived in Manhattan. Baker will be arraigned in New York and awaits further extradition back to Pennsylvania.

United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “The U.S. Marshals Service is committed to arresting fugitives charged with serious felony offenses, especially those wanted for sex crimes against minors. By working with our partners in state and local law enforcement, we will ensure they are ultimately brought to justice”.

U.S. Marshals were assisted by several agencies that comprise its M/PA Fugitive Task Force. This included officers from the Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, and the Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Office. U.S. Marshals were also assisted by the New York - New Jersey Port Authority Police Department.

The capture of Baker demonstrates the effectiveness of U.S. Marshals Service personnel in locating and arresting fugitives in a timely fashion. The concept of all USMS-led fugitive task forces is to seek out and arrest the nation’s most dangerous and violent offenders.


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

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