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Harrisburg Man Indicted for Escape

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Robert H. Thomas, age 64, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was indicted on August 9, 2023, by a federal grand jury on escape charges.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that on March 18, 2023, Thomas escaped from custody of the Capital Pavilion Residential Reentry Center in Dauphin County, where he was confined.  Following the escape, he was apprehended on July 21, 2023. 

The case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney William Behe is prosecuting the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is five years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

Updated August 14, 2023