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For Immediate Release

July 21, 2011 Martin J. Pane - Acting United States Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (570) 346-7277
U.S. Marshals Capture Homicide Suspect
Father Shot Several Times in the Head

Scranton, PA – Acting U.S. Marshal, Martin J. Pane, announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) arrested Richard Hanson in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

On the evening of July 19, 2011, it is alleged that Richard P. Hanson murdered his father Gary Hanson in their home located in Springfield Virginia. The father was shot in the head four times. Hanson fled his residence in a 1998 Saturn belonging to his parents. An arrest warrant was issued out of Fairfax County Virginia charging Richard Hanson with murder in the second degree. The fugitive was believed to have in his possession a handgun used in the commission of the crime.

On July 20, U.S. Marshals in Scranton received information from their counterparts assigned to the Capital Area Regional Task Force (CARTF) Springfield Virginia that Hanson may be in the Scranton area. In the evening hours of July 20, a vehicle matching the description of the parent’s car was located at a hotel in Scranton. U.S. Marshals and members of the USMS Middle District of Pennsylvania (M/PA) Fugitive Task Force conducted surveillance at the hotel located in the 300 block of Franklin Avenue.

For public and officer safety, the U.S. Marshals Service requested the assistance of the Scranton Police Department SWAT Team. Hotel guests were evacuated from nearby rooms. Hanson exited his room and was taken into custody without incident. His vehicle has been impounded.

Hanson, 53 years of age, will be processed and charged as an out-of-state fugitive-from-justice by the Scranton Police Department. He is due to be arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Mercuri in Lackawanna County, and awaits further court proceedings concerning his extradition to Virginia.

Acting U.S. Marshal Pane stated, “The U.S. Marshals Service is committed to ridding our communities of fugitives charged with such violent offenses and we will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to ensure their apprehension.”

U.S. Marshals were assisted by several agencies that comprise its M/PA Fugitive Task Force. This included officers from the Scranton Police Department and the Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Office.

The concept of all USMS-led fugitive task forces is to seek out and arrest the nation’s most dangerous offenders.

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