Readers' tips lead to arrest of ex-con wanted for rape

Crime,Scott McCabe

Readers of the Washington Examiner helped authorities capture a convicted murderer who was wanted on charges that he allegedly raped and beat a woman in her home in Southeast Washington.

Keith Daniels, 35, turned himself over to D.C. police after U.S. marshals began to close on him thanks to numerous calls from readers, said Rob Fernandez, chief inspector of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. Daniels' mug shot and story appeared in the Crime & Punishment page of the newspaper on Thursday.

"The pressure was too great for him as he had to actively avoid our investigators and he wisely turned himself in," said Fernandez, who oversees the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. "Once again, the community stepped forward and helped make their streets safer."

Daniels was wanted for first-degree sex abuse. Police said the 6-foot-2, 260-pound Daniels surprised a woman when she arrived home last month. He jumped from behind her bedroom door, knocked the woman to her bed and began choking her and raping her, police say. She was taken to the hospital and released the next day.

Daniels has a violent past, according to his rap sheet. In 1992, Daniels was sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to a murder charge, but was paroled after serving 10 years, marshals said. Daniels has spent the past eight years in and out of jail for violating the conditions of his parole, authorities said.

Daniels is the 15th Most Wanted fugitive put behind bars directly as a result of tips from readers of the Washington Examiner. Three of the fugitives have been captured within the last month.

The Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, run by the U.S. Marshals Service, is composed of 30 federal, state and local agencies from Baltimore to Norfolk. The unit has captured more than 29,000 wanted fugitives since its creation in 2004.

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