A fugitive who had been toying with U.S. marshals was captured thanks to a tip from an alert reader of The Examiner, authorities said.
Suspected drug dealer Feroze Kahn Jr., 28, had been on the run for several months, and in January he called the marshals' office and said he would turn himself in on his own schedule.
Kahn was profiled in the Most Wanted feature on the Crime & Punishment page Jan. 21. A reader phoned in to the marshals' hot line with information about Kahn's whereabouts. Investigators developed further leads and captured him near Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Northwest Washington.
"Without the help of this Examiner reader, we would still be searching for Kahn," said Rob Fernandez, commander of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. "The Marshals Service would like to thank The Washington Examiner and its readers for their assistance."
Kahn is at least the 12th fugitive that Examiner readers have helped marshals capture.
Police said Kahn had been on the lam after he failed to appear at the D.C. Superior Court in November to face drug-dealing charges. Police said they found $700 in cash and plastic bags containing cocaine, Ecstasy and marijuana in his 2009 BMW after he propositioned an undercover officer posing as a prostitute.
Then in December, Fairfax County police stopped Kahn for a traffic violation and charged Kahn with impersonating a police officer and bribing a law enforcement officer, authorities said. Marshals did not know why Kahn was not jailed for his previous warrants, but said it's likely he was released because he provided an alias that's similar to his real last name. Kahn is also wanted by the Arlington County Sheriff's Office on multiple traffic violations.
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.