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For Immediate Release

March 28, 2018 Ed Holst, Public Information Officer
Middle District of Pennsylvania (570) 499-1201;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests Williamsport Homicide Suspect
Williamsport, PA - Today, U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced that the arrest of Abdullah Friend, 27, in Williamsport, PA.

On March 27, 2018, the Williamsport City Police Department obtained an arrest warrant charging Friend with Criminal Homicide and other various offenses. On April 30th, 2017 an infant was taken from a residence in Williamsport to UPMC Susquehanna Health and later airlifted to Geisinger Medical after being found unresponsive. Despite the efforts of medical personnel, the infant was later pronounced dead that same day. An autopsy was performed that would show the cause of death to be the result of the infant being violently shaken.

Earlier today, US Marshals located and arrested Friend without incident in the 800 block of Park Avenue in Williamsport. He was turned over to local authorities pending court appearances for his involvement.

United States Marshal Pane stated, United States Marshal Pane stated, “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to rid our community of those charged with such heinous crimes. Williamsport and its surrounding communities will not be a safe haven and it is my sincere hope that the victim’s family finds some measure of comfort knowing the suspect will face justice.”

During this fugitive investigation, the USMS worked jointly with officers from the Williamsport City Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police and the Lycoming County Sheriff’s Office.

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