Harrisburg, PA – Today, United States Marshal Martin J.
Pane announced the arrest of Tomas Morales-Cresente, also known as Danny
Rivera, a 45-year old man living in Ellenville, New York.
April 2, 2009, Morales-Cresente was convicted of possession of a weapon
and conspiracy to distribute cocaine in the U.S. District Court for the
District of Puerto Rico. As a result, he was sentenced to 90 months of
incarceration. In February of 2012, he was transferred to the prison
camp at the Federal Correctional Institution located in Schuylkill
County, Pennsylvania. On July 16, 2012, Morales-Cresente fled from the
camp and did not return. Subsequently, an arrest warrant charging him
with Escape was issued and the U.S. Marshals Service began an
investigation to apprehend him.
During the more than seven years
that followed, deputy marshals pursued leads in Puerto Riceland
locations in the northeastern part of United States. Early in 2020,
deputies developed information leading them to believe that
Morales-Cresente assumed the false name of Danny Rivera and might be
residing in Ellenville, New York.
Today, at about 7 a.m., deputy
marshals from the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the Northern
District of New York went to a residence in the 200 block of South Main
Street, Ellenville, New York and arrested Morales-Cresente without
incident. He was removed to the Middle District of Pennsylvania for
arraignment. Marshals are continuing their investigation into whether
someone will face charges for obstruction of justice and/or harboring
for assisting Morales-Cresente while he was a fugitive.
closure of the case against Morales-Cresente sends a strong message to
other fugitives, especially those who have eluded capture for so long,”
said United States Marshal Pane. “It is vitally important fugitives are
caught and held accountable for their actions or in this case to serve
their entire sentence.”
The United States Marshals Service is the
federal government’s primary fugitive investigation agency. In Fiscal
Year 2019, deputy marshals arrested more than 90,000 fugitives,
accounting for more than 105,000 outstanding warrants.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found
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