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For Immediate Release

Contact:
April 21, 2017 Edward Holst, Public Information Officer
Middle District of Pennsylvania (570) 499-1201;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests Susquehanna County
Alleged Sex Offender and York City Rape Suspect
Scranton, PA - Today, United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced the arrest of Jonathan Pudish, 33, and Wellington Arias, 33, in Montrose and York respectively.

On April 14, 2015, the Susquehanna County Sheriff’s Office obtained an arrest warrant for Pudish charging him with failure to comply with the conditions of bail. His original offense stems from a Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General arrest for possession of child pornography. U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force adopted the case and developed information that Pudish may be in the Montrose, PA area. Last night, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force from Scranton, with assistance from local law enforcement, located and arrested Pudish in the 200 block of Cherry Street in Montrose. Pudish was found hiding in the basement of a residence. He was turned over to local authorities pending judicial proceedings.

On April 18, 2017, the York City Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for Arias charging him with rape of a child and other various sexual offenses. It is alleged that Arias committed multiple sexual acts on a minor over the course of two years. U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force out of York, with assistance from local law enforcement, located and arrested Arias in the 800 block of Calvert Street in York. Arias was turned over to local authorities pending judicial proceedings.

U.S. Marshal Pane said, “The U.S. Marshals Service and our Task Force Fugitive partners recognize the importance to quickly apprehend fugitives charged with crimes against our community’s innocent youth. It is our sincere hope that victims and their families find some measure of comfort knowing their alleged offenders will now face justice.”

The USMS worked jointly in this investigation with officers from the Pennsylvania State Police, Scranton Police Department, Susquehanna County Sheriff’s Office, Susquehanna County Detectives, Montrose Police Department, York City Police Department, York County District Attorney’s Office, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole and the Harrisburg Bureau of Police.

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

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