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For Immediate Release

August 19, 2013 Edward Holst, Supervisory Deputy United States Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (570) 499-1201;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Arrest Poconos Robbery Suspect in New York City

Scranton, PA – United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service arrested 22-year old William Mcrae in New York City.

In the early evening hours of July 31, 2013, the Pocono Mountain Regional Police responded to the 200 block of Cedar Drive in the Emerald Lakes Development, Tobyhanna Township, for a male outside of a residence with his hands bound behind his back and bleeding from his head. The victim had responded to a Craigslist posting. The victim was lured to Pine Tree Beach within the Emerald Lakes Development, where he was assaulted by two unknown males. The suspects bound the victim, beat him with a baseball bat, and then robbed him. The two suspects fled the scene, leaving the victim bound and bleeding. The victim’s ATM card was then used at multiple locations.

Through the investigation conducted by Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department, a suspect William H. Mcrae was identified. On August 11, Magisterial District Judge Richard Claypool issued an arrest warrant charging Mcrae with the following crimes:

  • 3 counts of Robbery
  • 2 counts of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery
  • 1 count of Aggravated Assault
  • 1 count of Unlawful Restraint
  • 1 count of Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition
  • 1 count of Receiving Stolen Property
  • 1 count of Possessing Instruments of Crime

On August 14, the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department requested the assistance of the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania to locate and arrest Mcrae.

On August 19, the Fugitive Task Force developed information that indicated Mcrae may have fled to New York City. U.S. Marshals and task force officers traveled to New York City, and began working with officers assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force.

In the early evening hours of August 19, Deputy U.S. Marshals and task force personnel observed Mcrae sitting in a vehicle on East 45th Street in New York City. The vehicle was approached, and the fugitive was taken into custody without incident. Mcrae was transported to the New York City Police Department’s 5th Precinct to be processed and booked, pending his extradition back to Pennsylvania.

United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “We place a high priority on arresting violent offenders, especially those who use or threaten the use of violence against innocent victims. This case demonstrates the Marshals Service’s ability to coordinate with our law enforcement partners to bring this individual to justice.”

Harry Lewis, Police Chief of the Pocono Mountain Regional Police said, “This arrest is an outstanding example of teamwork among different law enforcement agencies. This capture takes a very violent criminal off the streets, making our community a safer place to live and work.”

U.S. Marshals were assisted by personnel from the Pennsylvania State Police and Scranton Police Department. These agencies are participating members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Additional significant assistance was provided by the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department and the New York City Police Department.

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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