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For Immediate Release

August 11, 2009 Michael R. Regan, United States Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (717) 221-2213;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Within 8 Hours, 2nd Murder Fugitive From Region Captured by U.S. Marshals
Fatal shooting occurred in York on July 31

Harrisburg, PA - U.S. Marshal Michael R. Regan announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) arrested Jose Castro in Bronx, New York.

Castro was being sought on an arrest warrant signed by duty Magisterial District Judge John Olwert in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania. Castro was charged with Criminal Homicide, as well as other related offenses.

During the afternoon hours of July 31, the York City Police Department investigated the fatal shooting of victim Pedro Baez. The attacker fled the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement personnel.

On August 2, the York City Police Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service to locate and apprehend Castro. This murder fugitive case was adopted as part of the U.S. Marshals Service’s Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. U.S. Marshals developed information that Castro fled south-central Pennsylvania after the shooting. An investigative lead was sent to the U.S. Marshals Service’s Regional Fugitive Task Force in New York/New Jersey (NY/NJ RFTF).

On August 11 at approximately 3:00 p.m., U.S. Marshals and members of the USMS NY/NJ RFTF arrested Castro in an apartment building in the Bronx. Castro was found hiding in a closet. When taken into custody by U.S. Marshals, Castro did not resist.

Castro, 24 years of age, was processed and charged as a fugitive from justice. He will be scheduled for a court appearance before a New York magistrate on this charge, and for any further hearings relating to his extradition to York, Pennsylvania.

U.S. Marshals, assisted by the York City Police Department, were diligent in their search for Castro. The concept of all USMS-led fugitive task forces is to seek out and arrest the nation’s most violent offenders.

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