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For Immediate Release

Contact:
May 16, 2018 Edward 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 Burglary Suspects
Scranton, PA - United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced the arrest of Francis and Dorri Smith, 40 and 28 respectively, in Panama City, Florida

On December 20, 2017, the Pennsylvania State Police obtained an arrest warrant charging Francis Smith with aggravated assault, fleeing and other related offenses for an incident that occurred on October 2017 in Old Forge and Scranton. It is alleged that Francis Smith led police in a pursuit and struck a parked vehicle as well as a police vehicle.

On January 5, 2018, the Pennsylvania State Police obtained an arrest warrant charging Dorri Smith with burglary and other related crimes. It is alleged that both Dorri and Francis Smith committed numerous burglaries in Lackawanna County.

The cases were adopted by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and information was developed that both fugitives may be hiding out in the Panama City Florida area. A collateral lead was forwarded to Marshals in Florida in an attempt to locate and apprehend Smith. Earlier today, both Dorri and Francis Smith were arrested in Panama City. Francis Smith attempted to hide in the attic of a residence but eventually surrendered without further incident. Both were turned over to local authorities pending court proceedings and extradition back to Pennsylvania.

U.S. Marshal Pane said, “The allegations against the Smiths are significant, many people in our community have had their personal property stolen and space violated. I sincerely hope that the community rests a little easier knowing that the alleged perpetrators are now in custody and I commend the work of all who participated in this investigation. ”

The USMS Fugitive Task Force worked jointly in these investigations with members from the Pennsylvania State Police, Scranton Police Department and the U.S. Marshals led Florida Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force.

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

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