Scranton, PA – United States Marshal
Martin J. Pane announced today that the United States Marshals Service (USMS)
Fugitive Task Force arrested Elizabeth Torres and Matthew Bonser in New
Jersey and Pennsylvania respectively.
On April 30, 2009, 33-year old Elizabeth Torres failed to appear in Luzerne
County court for a hearing on her original offense of Endangering the
Welfare of Children / Cruelty toward a Child. Judge Thomas Burke Jr. issued
the bench warrant that same day.
In early January 2014, the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Office requested
assistance of the USMS Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of
Pennsylvania to locate and apprehend Torres. USMS developed a possible
location for Torres in New Jersey, and sent an investigative lead to the
USMS New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force (NY/NJ RFTF). On
January 14, the USMS NY/NJ RFTF arrested Torres in Paterson without
incident. Torres was taken to the Passaic County Jail where she awaits her
extradition back to Pennsylvania.
On May 7, 2012, 22-year old Matthew Bonser failed to appear in Luzerne
County court for sentencing on charges of:
- Aggravated Indecent Assault -
Complainant less than 13 years old
- Aggravated Indecent Assault –
Complainant less than 16
- Indecent Assault - Person less than 16
years of age
- Corruption of Minors
- Indecent Assault - Person Less than 13
years of age
On June 6, 2012, Judge Kenneth Brown issued
the bench warrant for Bonser, charging him with Failure to Appear.
In December 2013, the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance
of the USMS Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania to
locate and apprehend Bonser. On January 14, Marshals Service personnel and
members of the M/PA Fugitive Task Force arrested Bonser without incident in
the 100 block of Pond Hill Road in Wapwallopen. Bonser was taken to the
Luzerne County Prison pending further judicial proceedings.
Bonser was also being sought as a fugitive by the Monroe County Sheriff’s
Office on a bench warrant issued on July 25, 2012. In this case, Bonser
failed to appear in Monroe County court for a probation violation hearing.
Bonser had been previously been arrested and convicted on a charge of
United States Marshal Pane stated, “The U.S. Marshals Service takes an
aggressive, deliberate approach in locating and arresting fugitives charged
with serious felony offenses, especially those wanted for crimes against
children. It is my sincere hope that the victims will find some measure of
comfort knowing that the alleged attackers have been brought to justice.”
The USMS worked jointly in these
investigations with officers from the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Office,
Scranton Police Department, Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Office, the
Pennsylvania State Police, U.S. Marshals Service personnel in the Eastern
District of Pennsylvania, and the USMS NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force.
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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