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May 04, 2016 Jon Gallagher, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal 
Western District of Pennsylvania (412) 728-6441
Wilkinsburg Fugitive Arrested in Altoona
 
Pittsburgh, PA - The United States Marshals Service Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force, Altoona Police Department and the Blair County Sheriff’s Office arrested fugitive Brian Anthony Ray II at approximately 9:30 a.m. this morning. Ray, age 28, was charged by the Wilkinsburg Police Department on April 29, 2015 with Carrying a Firearm without a License, Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance, Recklessly Endangering another Person and Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer. These charges stemmed from an incident that occurred one day prior in the 1100 block of Franklin Avenue in Wilkinsburg. Wilkinsburg Police Officers observed Ray engage in a drug transaction and attempted to block his vehicle in in a convenience store parking lot. As Officers approached, Ray is accused of immediately putting the vehicle in reverse and ramming the Wilkinsburg patrol vehicle and a second vehicle to escape. Ray fled the area at a high rate of speed and his vehicle was recovered a short time later in the 400 block of Biddle Street in Wilkinsburg. Officers recovered a loaded Glock semiautomatic handgun and suspected marijuana from the vehicle.

Ray was also wanted pursuant to a federal arrest warrant issued May 1, 2015. Ray was charged in this case with violating his federal probation following his conviction for Possession of a Firearm in furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime. Task Force members developed information Ray was staying at a residence in the 1300 block of 2nd Avenue in Altoona. Task force members, with the assistance of local law enforcement, breached the front door of the residence after occupants refused to respond to the door. Ray was subsequently located hiding in the rafters of the third floor attic wrapped in plastic and covered with insulation. He was placed under arrest without further incident. Ray was transported to U.S. District Court-Pittsburgh and was ordered held without bond following an initial appearance.

The Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force is comprised of U.S. Marshals, Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Allegheny County Sheriffs, and Westmoreland County Sheriff’s. The WPAFTF is also supported by the United States Attorney’s Office and is coordinated by the U.S. Marshals Service for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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