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For Immediate Release

Contact:
May 22, 2013 Edward Holst, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (570) 346-7277;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Capture Scranton Alleged Murder Fugitive in Upstate New York

Scranton, PA – United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Ryan Harding in Syracuse, New York.

Harding was being sought by the Scranton Police Department for a homicide that occurred on May 5, 2013. It is alleged that Harding shot at his victim, striking him twice. On May 10, an arrest warrant was issued by Magisterial District Judge Alyce Hailstone Farrell, charging Harding with the following offenses:

  • Murder of the First Degree
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Simple Assault
  • Murder of the Third Degree
  • Firearms not to be Carried without a License
  • Possession of Prohibited Firearm

At the request of the Scranton Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania began investigating the whereabouts of Harding. Information was developed by U.S. Marshals and task force personnel indicating that Harding may have fled to the Syracuse, New York area.

U.S. Marshals based in Scranton, as well as task force personnel, traveled to Syracuse yesterday to investigate all potential leads. During the evening hours, U.S. Marshals spotted the fugitive walking outside a residential building. Harding fled as USMS and task force personnel closed in. A chase ensued, and the fugitive ran into a nearby apartment building in the 2000 block of East Lafayette Street.

U.S. Marshals and task force officers, assisted by local law enforcement officers who arrived on the scene, established a perimeter around the building. The Syracuse Police Department’s SWAT Team was activated and began to clear the building to locate Harding. Late last night, U.S. Marshals Service personnel arrested Harding without incident at the East Lafayette Street building.

Harding, 18-years of age, was turned over to the Syracuse Police Department for processing. Harding will be arraigned today on the Scranton charges and on the matter of his extradition to Lackawanna County.

United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “It is law enforcement’s top priority to arrest violent offenders, especially those who have no regard for human life. I am very proud of the work the Fugitive Task Force members did to bring Harding to justice.”

“On behalf of the Scranton Police Department, we appreciate the tireless and diligent efforts of the U.S. Marshals Service to apprehend this violent fugitive”, said Scranton Police Chief Carl Graziano.

U.S. Marshals were assisted by personnel from the following agencies who are full-time participants in the USMS Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania: the Scranton Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, and the Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Office. A vast amount of assistance and support was provided by the Syracuse Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service personnel from the Northern District of New York.

The concept of all USMS-led fugitive task forces is to seek out and arrest the nation’s most dangerous offenders.

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

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