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For Immediate Release

June 09, 2016 Kevin R. Kamrowski, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Southern District of New York (212) 331-7200
England Homicide Suspect Captured by U.S. Marshals in the Bronx
After Nearly 20 Years on the Lamb

New York, NY - A fugitive wanted on outstanding homicide charges out of the United Kingdom has been arrested today by a team of U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers from the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force (NY/NJ RFTF) in the Southern District of New York.

Howard Patterson, 54, was being sought on an international arrest warrant issued out of Reading, England charging him with a 1996 murder, attempted murder and procuring a false passport.

After a tip was received from authorities in the UK and investigators determined Patterson was in the U.S. utilizing an alias and living in the Bronx, U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers from the NY/NJ RFTF coordinated an operation to locate and apprehend him. Investigators were able to narrow Patterson’s location to an area on Eastchester Road where he was captured without incident. Upon capture, Patterson provided false documentation and attempted to conceal his true identity. Patterson’s identification was eventually confirmed via fingerprint comparisons. Patterson was remanded to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons pending extradition to the United Kingdom.

“This arrest is a shining example of what true law enforcement interagency collaboration results in. Once UK authorities developed information that Patterson was in the Bronx, U.S. Marshals focused their efforts and utilized that information to close-in and locate this dangerous individual. My deputies and task force officers were able to bring this international fugitive to justice once again removing a dangerous person from the streets of a civil society. Let this serve as a reminder that no stone will go unturned in the pursuit of any fugitive whether they choose to hide or flee domestically or internationally” said Michael Greco, United States Marshal for the Southern District of New York.

The NY/NJ RFTF became operational in April of 2002. With Memorandum of Understandings with over 80 federal, state, or local agencies and five fully operational offices in the New York/New Jersey area, the NY/NJ RFTF has made an extraordinary impact on the investigation and apprehension of the region's most dangerous and violent fugitives.

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