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For Immediate Release

September 11, 2013 Edward Holst, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (570) 499-1201
U.S. Marshals Arrest Attempted Murder Fugitive in Benton
Stabbing occurred on August 28 in Benton Township, Columbia County
Williamsport, PA – United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service arrested 30-year old Joseph C. Dunn in Benton, Pennsylvania.

On August 28, 2013, the Pennsylvania State Police responded to the area of Rohrsburg Road and Steinruck Road in Benton Township on a report of a victim with multiple stab wounds. The victim had been stabbed several times in the head, chest, and back. The victim was flown to the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for emergency care.

Investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police identified the suspect as Joseph C. Dunn. On September 6, an arrest warrant was issued by Magisterial District Judge Doug D. Brewer in Millville, Columbia County, charging Dunn with:
  • One (1) count of Criminal Attempt – Criminal Homicide
  • Two (2) counts of Aggravated Assault
  • Two (2) counts of Simple Assault
  • One (1) count of Recklessly Endangering Another Person

The Pennsylvania State Police requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania to locate and arrest Dunn.

In the morning hours of September 11, U.S. Marshals and members of the USMS Fugitive Task Force captured Dunn on Cole Road in Benton. The fugitive was taken into custody without incident. Dunn was turned over to the Pennsylvania State Police in Bloomsburg for processing and preliminary judicial proceedings.

United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “We place a high priority on arresting violent offenders, especially those who have no regard for human life. This capture ensured that an extremely dangerous and unpredictable attempted murder fugitive was taken off the streets.”

U.S. Marshals were assisted in the fugitive investigation by personnel from the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, the Berwick Police Department, the Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Office, and the Scranton Police Department. These agencies are participating members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

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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