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For Immediate Release

Contact:
March 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 Task Force Arrests York Homicide Suspect in Virginia

Harrisburg, PA – United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) Task Force arrested Damian Banks in Norfolk, Virginia.

Banks was being sought for a homicide that occurred on February 17, 2013 in the 600 block of East Market Street in York. It is alleged that Banks waited for the victim to leave a local bar. Once the victim left the bar Banks shot and killed him. On February 11, 2014 an arrest warrant was issued by Magisterial District Judge Linda Williams, charging Banks with Criminal Homicide.

At the request of the York City Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania began investigating the whereabouts of Banks. Information was developed by U.S. Marshals which indicated Banks may have fled to the Norfolk, VA area. U.S. Marshals sent an investigative lead to USMS Capitol Area Regional Fugitive Task Force in Norfolk.

Earlier today, Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers located and arrested Banks after a short foot pursuit in Norfolk. Banks, 22-years old, was turned over to the Norfolk Police Department for processing. He will await a local hearing to determine his extradition back to York.

U.S. Marshal Pane stated, “The coordination and cooperation demonstrated by law enforcement in this case ensured that an extremely dangerous and unpredictable murder fugitive was taken off the streets. It is our top priority to arrest violent offenders, especially those who have no regard for human life and it is my sincere hope that the victim’s family will find some measure of comfort knowing that the alleged attacker has been brought to justice.”

U.S. Marshals were assisted by personnel from the York City Police Department. This agency is a participating member of the USMS M/PA 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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