Scranton, PA – United States Marshal Martin J. Pane
announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service arrested 22-year old William
Mcrae in New York City.
In the early evening hours of July 31, 2013, the Pocono Mountain Regional Police
responded to the 200 block of Cedar Drive in the Emerald Lakes Development,
Tobyhanna Township, for a male outside of a residence with his hands bound
behind his back and bleeding from his head. The victim had responded to a
Craigslist posting. The victim was lured to Pine Tree Beach within the Emerald
Lakes Development, where he was assaulted by two unknown males. The suspects
bound the victim, beat him with a baseball bat, and then robbed him. The two
suspects fled the scene, leaving the victim bound and bleeding. The victim’s ATM
card was then used at multiple locations.
Through the investigation conducted by Pocono Mountain Regional Police
Department, a suspect William H. Mcrae was identified. On August 11, Magisterial
District Judge Richard Claypool issued an arrest warrant charging Mcrae with the
- 3 counts of Robbery
- 2 counts of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery
- 1 count of Aggravated Assault
- 1 count of Unlawful Restraint
- 1 count of Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition
- 1 count of Receiving Stolen Property
- 1 count of Possessing Instruments of Crime
On August 14, the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department
requested the assistance of the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task
Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania to locate and arrest Mcrae.
On August 19, the Fugitive Task Force developed information that indicated Mcrae
may have fled to New York City. U.S. Marshals and task force officers traveled
to New York City, and began working with officers assigned to the U.S. Marshals
Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force.
In the early evening hours of August 19, Deputy U.S. Marshals and task force
personnel observed Mcrae sitting in a vehicle on East 45th Street in New York
City. The vehicle was approached, and the fugitive was taken into custody
without incident. Mcrae was transported to the New York City Police Department’s
5th Precinct to be processed and booked, pending his extradition back to
United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “We place a high priority on
arresting violent offenders, especially those who use or threaten the use of
violence against innocent victims. This case demonstrates the Marshals Service’s
ability to coordinate with our law enforcement partners to bring this individual
Harry Lewis, Police Chief of the Pocono Mountain Regional Police said, “This
arrest is an outstanding example of teamwork among different law enforcement
agencies. This capture takes a very violent criminal off the streets, making our
community a safer place to live and work.”
U.S. Marshals were assisted by personnel from the Pennsylvania State Police and
Scranton Police Department. These agencies are participating members of the U.S.
Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Additional significant assistance was provided by the Pocono Mountain Regional
Police Department and the New York City Police Department.
The concept of all USMS-led fugitive task forces is to seek
out and arrest the nation’s most dangerous offenders.
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