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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 1, 2013

Willimantic Man Indicted For Escaping From Halfway House


Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Hartford returned an indictment today charging SAMUEL VASQUEZ, 26, formerly of Willimantic, with escape from the custody of the Attorney General.

The indictment alleges that, on July 12, 2013, VASQUEZ escaped from custody at Watkinson House Residential Reentry Center in Hartford.

VASQUEZ had been confined to Watkinson House RRC to complete his term of incarceration after being convicted in 2011 in U.S. District Court of unlawful dealing in firearms.

If convicted, VASQUEZ faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.

VASQUEZ was arrested in Willimantic on July 25, 2013 and is currently detained.

Acting U.S. Attorney Daly stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is being investigated by the United States Marshals Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert M. Spector.  

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U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Tom Carson
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thomas.carson@usdoj.gov

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