Harrisburg, PA – Today, U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced
the arrest of Richard Eugene Schmittel – a 29-year old Harrisburg man.
On February 3, 2020, the Harrisburg Bureau of Police investigated a
shooting in the 400 block of Hummel Street in which a pedestrian and the
occupant of a vehicle exchanged gunfire. Detectives identified the
pedestrian as Schmittel and obtained an arrest warrant charging him with
Criminal Attempt – Homicide and lesser included offenses. Attempts to
find Schmittel were unsuccessful and the case was adopted by the U.S.
Marshals Service (USMS) Fugitive Task Force.
Task force members
learned that Schmittel frequented the intersection of 14th and
Kittatinny Street sin Harrisburg and placed it under surveillance. Today
at about 9:15 a.m., they saw Schmittel walking but he fled on foot
before he could be arrested. Task force members and Harrisburg police
officers searched the area and spotted Schmittel in the 300 block of
South 14th Street. Schmittel ran into an abandoned building and onto its
roof. He tried to escape across adjacent rooftops but was captured
without further incident and turned over to the Harrisburg Bureau of
United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “We place a
high priority on fugitive cases in which the use of violence against
victims occurs. By working with our law enforcement partners to ensure
violent offenders are brought to justice, communities throughout
Pennsylvania become safer and more secure.”
The USMS Fugitive
Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania is comprised of 20
state, county and local police agencies, including: the Pennsylvania
State Police; the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole; the
Harrisburg Bureau of Police; the Swatara Township Police Department; the
Lower Paxton Township Police Department; and, the Dauphin County Adult
Probation Office – all of whom participated in this investigation.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found
First Federal Law Enforcement Agency