Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced the
arrest of Zaheem Smith – a 25-year old Philadelphia man.
December 10, 2018, the Wilkes-Barre Police Department investigated a
shooting in the 300 block of Parkview Circle. As a result of their
investigation, detectives charged Smith with Aggravated Assault with a
firearm and took him into custody. Later he was released on bail. On
November 12, 2019, Smith failed to appear in the Luzerne County Court of
Common Pleas as required and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.
On November 14, 2019, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas issued a
bench warrant after Smith absconded from probation supervision. The
effort to apprehend Smith was adopted byte U.S. Marshals Service (USMS)
Fugitive Task Force.
Task force members learned that Smith was
staying at a hotel in the 300 block of Bear Creek Boulevard,
Wilkes-Barre and took him into custody at 6:30 this morning. He was
turned over to the Wilkes-Barre Police Department for booking.
United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “We place a high priority
on fugitive cases in which the use of violence against victims occurs.
It’s important to ensure these victims have the ability to face the
accused. I commend these fugitive hunters on a safe apprehension in
bringing Mr. Smith to justice.”
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 Scranton Police
Department; the Wilkes-Barre Police Department; the Bradford County
Sheriff’s Office, and the Kingston Police Department - all of whom
participated in this investigation.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found
First Federal Law Enforcement Agency