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For Immediate Release

March 14, 2016 Edward Holst, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (570) 499-1201;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Arrests Attempted Murder Suspect

Scranton, PA - United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) Fugitive Task Force arrested Casanova Holmes, 37, in Bartonsville, PA.

On March 5, 2016, it is alleged that Holmes tried to shoot his victim when the weapon misfired. When this occurred, he allegedly tried to force his way into a residence but was denied. Holmes then allegedly fired numerous rounds into the residence where several children were present. Fortunately, no one else was injured. The New York City Police Department obtained an arrest warrant charging Holmes in connection with this crime.

On March 11, Deputy U.S. Marshals and task force officers, located and arrested Holmes without incident in the 1700 block of North 9th Street in Bartonsville. Holmes was turned over to local authorities pending further judicial proceedings and extradition back to New York.

United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “The U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force places a high priority on fugitive cases in which there is the use or threat of violence against innocent victims. Our community will not be a safe haven for those charged with such violent crimes.”

The USMS worked jointly in this investigation with personnel from the New York City Police Department, Scranton Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police and the Stroud Area Regional Police Department.

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