Runaway knife man brought to justice thanks to reader's tip

Crime,Scott McCabe

U.S. marshals captured a fugitive who had stabbed a man in Northwest Washington, thanks to a tip from an alert reader of The Examiner.

Calvin Herring, 45, had been on the run for nearly a year before his story was profiled in the Most Wanted feature on the Crime & Punishment page in Thursday's edition. 

A reader recognized Herring's mug shot and called the marshals' hot line that morning to report that the fugitive had been hanging out at an undisclosed place in Southeast Washington. Based on that information, police found him on the 2400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and yanked him off the streets before the day was out. 

"Herring stabbed a man and had been evading authorities for nearly a year," said Rob Fernandez, commander of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. "Thanks to the readers of The Examiner, we were able to apprehend a dangerous felon."

In March 2009, Herring stabbed a man on the 100 block of O Street NW. The victim survived, and Herring pleaded guilty to assault with significant injury. He went missing after violating his conditions of parole.

Herring has an extensive criminal history including numerous convictions for armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and theft. Since 1983, he has been sentenced to a total of 21 years behind bars, marshals said.

Herring is the 13th fugitive overall that Examiner readers have helped U.S. marshals capture. Three weeks ago, a reader's tip led marshals to a most wanted drug dealer who had been toying with authorities for several months. 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. Since its creation in 2004, the unit has captured more than 29,000 wanted fugitives.

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