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For Immediate Release

March 21, 2014 CDUSM Chris Atwater (336) 332-8700 or
SDUSM Mike Potter (336) 332-8704
Middle District of North Carolina
Maryland Homicide Suspect Arrested in Winston-Salem, NC by U.S. Marshals

Winston-Salem, NC – This morning at 11:00 AM, Rafael Rivera Quinones, a 34 year old, White Male, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force (JFTF) and the Winston-Salem Police Department (WSPD). Quinones was wanted by the District Court of Maryland for Prince George's County for Attempted First Degree Murder, Attempted Second Degree Murder, First Degree Assault, Second Degree Assault (two counts), and Destruction of Property stemming from a 2004 incident where Quinones allegedly assaulted another individual with a broken bottle. The warrant had been issued in May, 2004.
Members of the Capital Area Regional Task Force in Greenbelt, Maryland recently developed information indicating that Quinones was living in Winston-Salem, NC. This morning around 9:00 am, members of the JFTF began conducting surveillance at 908 Goldfloss Street and observed Quinones enter the residence. Quinones refused to answer the door and JFTF members made entry into the home, but did not immediately locate Quinones. JFTF members were forced to remove portions of the interior of the ceiling in order to gain access to the attic. After almost two hours, Quinones began communicating from the attic and was taken into custody without further incident.

Quinones was transported to the Forsyth County Detention Center and held without bond pending an extradition hearing back to Maryland.

The U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force for the Middle District of North Carolina is comprised of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, Chapel Hill Police Department, Durham Police Department, Greensboro Police Department, High Point Police Department, Winston-Salem Police Department, Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

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