Examiner readers help capture 27th fugive

Crime,Scott McCabe
An alert reader of The Washington Examiner helped U.S. Marshals deputies capture a man wanted in an armed robbery in Northeast Washington's trendy H Street Corridor.

Twenty-year-old Terrell Emmanuel Gibson is the 27th fugitive brought to justice thanks directly to tips from readers of the newspaper's weekly Most Wanted feature.

Deputies picked up Gibson at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurant on H Street, not far from the spot where D.C. police said he put a knife to a victim's throat and robbed him of $100.

"The Examiner readers do it again," said Matt Burke, supervisory inspector for the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. "We put in the order for Terrell Gibson, and they filled it at Popeyes."

Marshals deputies of the Capital Area Fugitive Task Force received a call Thursday afternoon from an anonymous tipster who had seen Gibson's story and photo in that day's Examiner. The person said the suspect was on the 1200 block of H Street.

"You see him now?" the deputy asked.

"Yep," the caller said.

As the deputies raced to the location, the tipster called back and said Gibson had just walked into Popeyes. One deputy went inside the restaurant and confirmed Gibson's identity. He called in the rest of the unit, and Gibson was arrested.

Police said Gibson last month lured a man into an alley on the 1000 block of I Street NE, then brandished a knife and demanded the man's wallet. The victim said he didn't have his wallet with him and had left it in his car nearby. Gibson put the knife to the victim's throat and ordered him to walk with him to the car, police said.

At the car, Gibson took $100 and a cell phone and fled through the alley, police said.

Since The Examiner's weekly Most Wanted feature was started more than two years ago, readers have provided information that has led directly to arrests of convicted murderers, kidnappers, child sex offenders, rapists and scam artists, Last month, readers helped capture a violent sex offender and a fugitive wanted in a near-fatal stabbing.

Most Wanted runs each Thursday in the Crime & Punishment section.

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