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For Immediate Release

Steven Rowe, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal

Middle District of Pennsylvania
Harrisburg, PA
(717) 648-1580

U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699

U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Arrests Kingston Shooting Suspect

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced the arrest of Ronald Kent – a 42-year old Wilkes-Barre man.

On February 18, 2020, the Kingston Police Department investigated a shooting near Reese Park which resulted in the non-fatal wounding of a victim. As a result of their investigations, detectives obtained an arrest warrant charging Kent with aggravated assault, firearms charges and lesser included offenses. Later, the fugitive investigation was adopted by the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) Fugitive Task Force.

Today, at about 9 a.m., task force members checked a home in the first block of Darling Street, Wilkes-Barre and arrested Kent after he tried to conceal himself under a kitchen sink. He was turned over to the Kingston Police Department for arraignment and processing.

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 U.S. Marshals Service 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 Wilkes-Barre Police Department; the Kingston Police Department; the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office; and, the Scranton Police Department - all of whom participated in this investigation.

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

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