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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 29, 2018

East Stroudsburg Man Sentenced To 27 Months’ Imprisonment For Assaulting And Fleeing From Federal Park Rangers

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that United States District Judge James Munley sentenced Damari Roulhac, age 26, of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, to 27 months’ imprisonment and two years of supervised release, for one count assaulting a United States Park Ranger, and one count for fleeing from United States Park Rangers.  Roulhac was convicted on September 26, 2017, following a two-day jury trial before United States District Court Judge James M. Munley.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the evidence presented during the trial showed that on the evening of July 1, 2016, United States Park Rangers patrolling the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area encountered Roulhac and ordered him to stop his vehicle.  Roulhac refused to obey the Rangers’ instructions and accelerated his vehicle towards one of the Rangers, causing him to jump out of the way.  When the Ranger then attempted to detain Roulhac, he accelerated again, striking the Ranger with the vehicle while fleeing the scene of the incident.

Roulhac was able to evade apprehension on July 1, 2016.  However, Rangers tracked him down days later, at the Pike County Courthouse, when Roulhac was sentenced for an unrelated DUI conviction.

The case was investigated by Rangers from the National Park Service.  Assistant United States Attorneys Phillip Caraballo and Evan Gotlob prosecuted the case.

 

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Updated March 29, 2018