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For Immediate Release

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April 21, 2016 District of Puerto Rico
Cell: (939) 475-2962
 U.S. Marshals Top Ten Most Wanted Violent Offender
Arrested in Puerto Rico
 
San Juan, PR - The U.S. Marshals Service, Puerto Rico Violent Offender Task Force (PRVOTF) arrested two federal fugitives who were wanted on a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) warrant.

Jose Colon Paneto, 29, and Jesus Santiago Bracero, 29 of Yauco, Puerto Rico were arrested during the afternoon of April 19, 2016 in the Cerro Gordo sector, in the town of Moca. After noticing the presence of Deputy U.S. Marshals and agents of the Puerto Rico Violent Offender Task Force through close circuit cameras inside the residence, Santiago Bracero attempted to escape through the back door and jumped a fifty foot cliff, he was quickly apprehended by members of the PRVOTF. Colon Paneto made an escape through another back door with his six month old baby into a wooded area.

Immediately, additional personnel from the Air Unit of the Puerto Rico Police and DEA task force arrived on the scene for support. After an extensive search, Colon Paneto was located along with his newborn baby. Emergency service units arrived on the scene and transported the newborn to the hospital.

Colon Paneto and Santiago Bracero have been fugitives since March of 2015, when a federal indictment was issued by the US District Court of Puerto Rico. During the period Colon Paneto and Santiago Bracero were fugitives, they continued their drug business, including several murders throughout the southwest area of Puerto Rico. Colon Paneto was featured as one of the top ten most wanted in the district of Puerto Rico.

Orlando Rivera, U.S. Marshal for the District of Puerto Rico indicated that “The arrest of these two dangerous fugitives, is a true statement of the outstanding investigative work and determination of our deputies, agents and law enforcement partners”

The Puerto Rico U.S. Marshals Violent Offenders Task Force is comprised of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, the Puerto Rico Police Department, the San Juan Municipal Police, the Department of Corrections, PR State Marshals and the State Internal Revenue Service.

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

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