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U.S. Marshal’s Service Captures St. Thomas Man Who Escaped from Federal Custody in January

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2014

St. Thomas, USVI – The United States Marshal’s Service today arrested fugitive Raheem Creque, a.k.a. “Shano,” 36, of St. Thomas on an outstanding federal warrant, announced United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe and United States Marshal Cheryl Jacobs. After his capture, Creque appeared before District Court Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller, who scheduled his detention and preliminary hearing for March 3rd.

Creque was arrested on January 21, 2014, by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and charged with enticing and coercing a minor to engage in sexual activity through use of a facility of interstate commerce. After his detention hearing on January 22, 2014, Magistrate Judge Miller ordered Creque held without bail, and remanded him to the custody of the United States Marshal’s Service (USMS). On January 23, 2014, Creque escaped from the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections at the Alexander A. Farrelly Criminal Justice Complex.

On January 24, 2014, District Court Judge Curtis Gomez issued an arrest warrant for Creque. An aggressive, multi-agency manhunt, coordinated by the USMS, and consisting of the USMS, DEA, ATF, FBI, HSI, Customs and Border Protection, Virgin Islands Police Department, Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections, and British Virgin Islands authorities, was launched to apprehend Creque. The Daily News, TV-2, the CBS affiliate in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Crime Stoppers also were contacted to assist with media coverage and to inform the public of the escape.

Creque was arrested at approximately 11 a.m. today based on information from the public. The United States Marshals Service would like to thank all of the participating agencies, and especially the residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands, for their help and cooperation in apprehending Creque.

Suspected child exploitation or missing children cases may be reported to the Homeland Security Investigations tip line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or online at: www.ice.gov/exec/forms/hsi-tips/tips.asp or to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children via its toll-free 24 –hour hotline at 202-514-5678.

 

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