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For Immediate Release

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March 22, 2011 James A. Cunfer, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (570) 323-7245
U.S. Marshals Apprehend Convicted Attempted Murderer who Jumped Bail in 2007
Original charges filed by Williamsport Bureau of Police in 2005

Williamsport, PA – Acting U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) arrested Harold Hoskins in Williamsport.

Hoskins was being sought on a bench warrant issued February 21, 2007 by Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas Judge William S. Kieser. The warrant, held by the Lycoming County Sheriffs Office, charged Hoskins with Failure to Appear for sentencing in the Lycoming County Courthouse.

On July 8, 2005, the Williamsport Bureau of Police responded to the 300 block of E. Church Street on the report of a man with a gun. It was determined that Harold Hoskins had entered a residence, pulled a firearm from his waistband, held it to the head and abdomen of two individuals, and pulled the trigger. The firearm malfunctioned, based upon the condition it was in. Hoskins was taken into custody at the scene. He was found to be in possession of crack cocaine. Hoskins had been previously convicted of a felony offense, and was prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm.

An arrest warrant was signed by Magisterial District Judge James Sortman in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, charging Hoskins with the following offenses:

  • 2 counts of Criminal Attempt Homicide
  • 2 counts of Robbery
  • 1 count of Possession of a Firearm
  • 1 count of Firearms not to be Carried without a License
  • 1 count of Possessing Instruments of Crime
  • 1 count of Possession of Crack Cocaine
  • 1 count of Terroristic Threats

Hoskins was lodged in the Lycoming County Prison from July 2005 until January 2006. Bail was set at $40,000.00. On January 5, 2006, Hoskins was released from custody. He remained on bail during the prosecution of his case in Lycoming County.

In January 2007, Judge William S. Kieser presided over a jury trial in the Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas. On February 5, 2007, the jury returned a verdict of Guilty on all 9 counts against Hoskins. His sentencing was set for March 27, 2007. Hoskins’ bail was modified, and he was placed on intensive supervised bail. Hoskins then failed to appear for any bail supervision meetings, as well as his scheduled sentencing hearing in late March 2007.

Based upon the 9 felony convictions, Hoskins was facing a maximum state prison sentence of 126 years.

The Lycoming County Sheriffs Office requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service to locate and apprehend Hoskins. This fugitive case was adopted by the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

U.S. Marshals based in Williamsport developed information on the fugitive’s possible whereabouts in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. Investigative leads were sent to U.S. Marshals in these locations, but they met with negative results.

Within the past 2 days, U.S. Marshals developed information that Hoskins may have returned to Williamsport.

On March 22 at approximately 6:30PM, U.S. Marshals and members of its M/PA Fugitive Task Force made entry into a home in the 400 block of Wilson Street in Williamsport. The fugitive was found hiding in a 2nd story bedroom. He was arrested without incident. When confronted by U.S. Marshals, he admitted his true name.

Hoskins, now 50 years of age, was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in Williamsport. He will await a court appearance and sentencing on the 9 felony convictions from 2007.

Acting U.S. Marshal Pane stated, “The arrest of Hoskins sends a strong message to other fugitives, especially those who have eluded capture for so long. We are committed to ridding our communities of fugitives charged with violent offenses, and continue to work with our law enforcement partners to ensure their apprehension.”

U.S. Marshals were assisted by several agencies that comprise its M/PA Fugitive Task Force. This included officers from the Lycoming County Sheriffs Office and the Northumberland County Adult Probation Office.

The concept of all USMS-led fugitive operations is to seek out and arrest the nation’s most dangerous offenders.

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

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