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For Immediate Release

October 25, 2011 James A. Cunfer, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (570) 346-7727
U.S. Marshals Apprehend Williamsport Child Sex Assault Fugitive in Bellefonte
Sought on additional warrants by other local agencies

Williamsport, PA – U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) arrested Karrieam Jenkins in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.

Jenkins was being sought on an arrest warrant, dated July 1, 2011 and signed by Magisterial District Judge Allen P. Page III in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

In late June 2011, the Williamsport Bureau of Police conducted an investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a minor in Williamsport in early April 2011. As a result, an arrest warrant was issued against Jenkins, charging him with the following offenses:

  • 1 count of Indecent Assault – Person Unconscious
  • 1 count of Indecent Assault – Person Less than 16 years of Age
  • 1 count of Corruption of Minors – Defendant Age 18 or Above
  • 1 count of Endangering the Welfare of Children

Jenkins fled the Williamsport area prior to the child sex assault warrant being signed.

Jenkins was also being sought by the Lycoming County Sheriff’s Office on an arrest warrant dated July 13, 2011. The warrant charged Jenkins with failure to appear for a court hearing on drug-related charges filed against him by the Old Lycoming Township Police Department in late May 2011.

In mid July 2011, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole issued an arrest warrant against Jenkins, charging him with violation of his state parole. In January 2006, Jenkins was arrested on various narcotics charges in Lycoming County. In March 2008, he was convicted and received a 14 to 60 month state prison sentence. He was released from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections in May 2010, and placed on state parole supervision.

On October 19, local authorities requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service to locate and apprehend Jenkins. This case was adopted by the U.S. Marshals Service’s Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

U.S. Marshals based in Williamsport investigated several leads on the possible whereabouts of Jenkins. On October 24, U.S. Marshals developed information that the fugitive may be hiding in the State College / Bellefonte area in Centre County, Pennsylvania.

During the late evening hours of October 24, U.S. Marshals located and arrested Jenkins at a house in the 100 block of Faust Circle in Bellefonte. The fugitive was found hiding in a bathtub in the master bathroom. He was taken into custody without further incident.

Jenkins, 36 years of age, was lodged in the Lycoming County Prison, pending future court hearings.

United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “The U.S. Marshals Service is committed to arresting fugitives charged with serious felony offenses, especially those wanted for sex crimes against children. By working with our partners in state and local law enforcement, we will ensure they are ultimately brought to justice.”

U.S. Marshals were assisted by several agencies that comprise its M/PA Fugitive Task Force. This included officers from the Lycoming County Sheriff’s Office and the Penn College Police Department. The Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole also provided support at the arrest scene.

The capture of Jenkins demonstrates the effectiveness of U.S. Marshals Service personnel in locating and arresting fugitives in a timely fashion. The concept of all USMS-led fugitive task forces is to seek out and arrest the nation’s most dangerous and violent offenders.

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