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For Immediate Release

Contact:
January 14, 2014 Edward Holst, Supervisory Deputy United States Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (570) 499-1201;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Arrests Two Fugitives Wanted in Luzerne County

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 Burglary.

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.

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

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