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For Immediate Release

February 02, 2011 District of Connecticut
Andrew Tingley SDUSM/PAO (860) 240-3245;
HQ/USMS Chief of International Investigations Branch
Billy Sorukas (202) 353-4070
Connecticut Fugitive Adam Zachs Apprehended After 22 Years on the Run

Hartford, CT – After 22 years on the run, Adam Zachs was apprehended by Mexican authorities Tuesday in Leon Guanajuato, Mexico. The arrest is the culmination of an exhaustive investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service, West Hartford Police Department and the FBI.

“The U.S. Marshals has a long, successful history of bringing fugitives to justice. The arrest of Adam Zachs is a testament to our continued dedication to our fugitive mission,” said U.S. Marshal Joseph P. Faughnan. “In 1896, Judge Isaac Parker said it best, ‘permit no innocent man to be punished, but let no guilty man escape.’”

In 1988, Zachs, a West Hartford resident, was convicted by a Connecticut jury for the murder of Peter Carone after a dispute at the Prospect Café.  Zachs was sentenced to 60 years imprisonment and allowed to remain out of custody by posting a $250,000 bond, while his conviction was being appealed. 
In June 1989, Zachs failed to appear at his scheduled court date and a state arrest warrant was issued charging Zachs with failure to appear.  With the assistance of the FBI, an additional federal warrant was issued charging Zachs with unlawful flight to avoid confinement and the FBI became involved with investigating the whereabouts of Zachs. 

In July of 2006, the FBI relinquished investigative authority to the U.S. Marshals Service, which has been assisting the West Hartford Police Department since.

The investigation also revealed Zachs was married in Mexico and has two kids.

Based on the recent investigation, a Provisional Arrest Warrant was issued in Mexico last Fall, which seeks the extradition of Zachs.  A Mexican court will decide if and when Zachs will be returned to Connecticut to begin his 60-year period of incarceration.

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