Scranton, PA – Today, United States Marshal Martin J. Pane
announced the arrest of Jason Charles Lajoie, a 45-year-old man with
past addresses in Scranton and Archbald, Lackawanna County.
May 13, 2021, Lajoie was arrested for violations of federal firearm laws
and drug distribution. He was brought before the U.S. District Court in
the Middle District of Pennsylvania and ordered detained to await trial.
On October 24, 2021, Lajoie was furloughed from custody for a
12-hour period to attend a funeral in Rhode Island. He was transported
to and from the funeral by a family friend driving a privately owned
vehicle. At about 9 p.m., as the vehicle was returning to Pennsylvania,
Lajoie fled from it in Pike County, near the New York border. The family
friend notified authorities and the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS)
obtained an arrest warrant charging Lajoie with escape.
October 27, 2021, at about 10:45 p.m., the USMS Fugitive Task Force
arrested Lajoie without incident at a hotel in the 500 block of Broadway
in Monticello, New York. He was returned to the Middle District of
Pennsylvania to be arraigned for the escape.
Marshal Pane stated, “It’s the Marshals Services’ duty to ensure that
those charged with serious crimes have their day in court. Defendants
who seek to subvert the judicial process through escape receive our
immediate attention and prompt action. I hope this quick arrest
demonstrates that commitment to the public.”
The USMS Fugitive
Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania is comprised of 21
state, county, and local police agencies, including: the Pennsylvania
State Police; the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole; the
Wilkes-Barre Police Department; the Kingston Police Department; the
Kingston Township Police Department; the Bradford County Sheriff’s
Office; and the Scranton Police Department. The USMS received additional
assistance from the Lackawanna County Drug Task Force and Archbald
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found
First Federal Law Enforcement Agency