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For Immediate Release

February 08, 2013 Edward Holst, Supervisor Deputy U.S. Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (570) 346-7277
U.S. Marshals Arrest Suspect in an Attempted Child Abduction

Scranton, PA – United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today that the United States Marshals Service (USMS) arrested 32-year old John Cheek in Virginia.

On February 3, it is alleged that a man, later identified as John Cheek, attempted to lure a young child into his vehicle in Pittston. It is alleged Cheek yelled to the child to get into the vehicle. The child ignored Cheek. Cheek then got out of the vehicle and yelled at the child again. At this time, the child ran away while Cheek drove off. Local Police were called to the scene.

An arrest warrant was issued by Magisterial District Judge Andrew Barilla Jr. for John Cheek on February 4. Cheek’s is charged with the following offenses:

  • Luring a child into a motor vehicle
  • Harassment – communication lewd and threatening
  • Harassment – follow in or about public place

The Middle District of Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force began assisting the Pittston Police Department in their investigation to locate Cheek. Information was developed that Cheek may have fled to Virginia. Marshals in Scranton contacted the Norfolk office of the Capital Area Regional Task Force in Virginia for their assistance in apprehending Cheek.

During the morning hours of February 8th, U.S. Marshals based in Norfolk located and arrested Cheek without incident in the 1000 block of Mercury Blvd in Hampton, VA. Cheek was turned over to the Hampton City Police Department for processing. Cheek will be charges as a fugitive-from-justice pending further proceeding to extradite him back to Pennsylvania.

United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “I cannot think of a bigger responsibility then the safety and protection of our nation’s children. While this man’s attempt to potentially harm a young child thankfully was not successful, the coordination, investigation, and eventual arrest were a success”.

U.S. Marshals were assisted in this investigation by personnel from the Newport News Police Department and the Hampton City Police Department.

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