Scranton, PA – U.S. Marshal Michael R. Regan announced today that the U.S.
Marshals Service (USMS) arrested Nery Adolfo Perez-Duarte in Cedar Rapids,
This 27-year-old man had been the subject of an intensive search by the U.S.
During the early morning hours of December 27, 2009, the Meshoppen Police
Department responded to a 911 call of a rape victim with serious bodily
injuries. The initial investigation focused on a female suffering from a
broken leg, a bloody mouth, and a black eye. It was determined that the
victim had been punched, beaten, raped, thrown down a set of stairs, and
pulled back up the stairs by her hair. The victim was removed from the
scene, and treated for complete breaks in her tibia and fibula. The
Meshoppen Police Department obtained an arrest warrant against Perez-Duarte.
On December 28, the warrant was signed by Magisterial District Judge John J.
Hovan in Tunkhannock. It charged Perez-Duarte with the following offenses:
- One count of Rape
- One count of Sexual Assault
- One count of Aggravated Indecent Assault
On December 30, the Meshoppen Police Department requested the assistance of
the U.S. Marshals Service to locate and apprehend Perez-Duarte. This
fugitive case was adopted by the U.S. Marshals Service’s Fugitive Task Force
in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Because of the nature and
circumstances of the charges, as well as the victim’s serious injuries, the
matter was given the highest priority.
Shortly after the U.S. Marshals Service began working the case, information
was developed on the fugitive’s possible whereabouts in New York City. U.S.
Marshals investigated these leads, with negative results.
On January 14, U.S. Marshals in Scranton determined that Perez-Duarte had
ties to several cities in Iowa. As a result, an investigative lead was sent
to the U.S. Marshals Service’s Fugitive Task Force in the Northern District
During the morning hours of January 21, U.S. Marshals located and arrested
Perez-Duarte at a residence in 2100 block of North Towne Lane in Cedar
Rapids. The fugitive was taken into custody without incident.
Perez-Duarte, a native of Guatemala, was lodged in the Linn County Jail. He
will await court proceedings on the felony charges from Wyoming County and
his extradition to Pennsylvania.
U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force in Scranton, assisted by the Meshoppen
Police Department, were relentless in their search for Perez-Duarte. This
cooperative effort led to the fugitive’s capture. The concept of all USMS-led
fugitive task forces is to seek out and arrest the nation’s most violent
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