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Fugitives arrested in US Marshals' task force sweep

Friday, December 13, 2013

The US Marshal's Violent Fugitive Task Force rounded up some of Philadelphia's most wanted criminals and only Action News was there.

In the wee hours of Friday morning, the US Marshals' Violent Fugitive Task Force was on the move.

Task force members were moving in on some of the city's most dangerous criminals.

Among those being sought was a man wanted for raping an 11-year-old Philadelphia girl.

After spotting the suspect's car, they had a good idea of where they would find him and they moved right in.

Minutes later, 30-year-old Eric Carrasquillo was in custody.

The task force was able to do it, as is often the case, without a shot being fired.

"Although we are bringing force necessary to effect the arrest, we also keep in mind that there are plenty of innocent people around when we're doing this," said Jim Burke, US Marhsals.

The task force is made up of Marshals, Philadelphia police, State police, members of the District Attorney's office and the Board of Probation and Parole.

The team targets the most violent and dangerous fugitives in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties.

"The sharing of experience that allows us to target these guys and quickly and safely remove them from the community," said Burke.

The task force marked their 30th anniversary last month.

In that time, they have captured over 17,000 fugitives.

Among the captured include Rafael Jones for the murder of Officer Moses Walker.

Also, Lamont Lewis who was wanted for the arson fire that killed six people including four children. Lewis later confessed to five other killings.

They also captured Miguel Torres, who they tracked all the way to Italy. He was wanted for the execution style murder of his estranged wife.

It is the oldest task force in the country and has served as a model for similar agencies nationwide.

"They are without question very productive, they go after the worse of the worse in terms of violent offenders and I don't know what we would do without them," said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.

Yet, you never really here about them. The 50 members of the task force say they don't seek the limelight.

A lot of these guys aren't in it to share any type of spotlight. It's a feeling of making a difference and being part of something that you can be proud of," said Burke.

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