Examiner reader helps marshals capture fugitive

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Crime,Scott McCabe

A violent fugitive surrendered to authorities after readers of The Washington Examiner tipped off U.S. marshals deputies with information about his whereabouts.

Thirty-one-year-old Prince Stewart III had been on the run for more than a year for violating his parole on a federal weapons conviction.

Officials were concerned about Stewart because they said he had a long history of arrests -- on charges of drug dealing, assault, stalking, auto theft, assault with a firearm -- in D.C., Maryland and Virginia and considered him "the definition of a regional threat."

An alert Examiner reader recognized Stewart's mug shot and the fugitive was quickly brought to justice.

"It was imperative that we get Stewart off the streets before he had a chance to put other people in harm's way," said Rob Fernandez, commander of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. "The Washington Examiner helped scare this bandit into coming in."

The first call to the marshals came from a woman who worked with Stewart's girlfriend.

The girlfriend explained to authorities that she had kicked Stewart out of her home three weeks earlier.

A few days later, marshals received another call, this time from an attorney who had represented Stewart in the past. He said Stewart had seen his name in The Examiner and wondered what the warrant was for.

The next day Stewart turned himself in to authorities. He is at least the ninth fugitive that Examiner readers have helped put behind bars.

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.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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