Two more fugitives, including a convicted kidnapper who had eluded authorities for more than two years, are behind bars thanks to tips from readers of The Washington Examiner.
Wayne "Elliott" Hilliard and Meinrad Ekani Pierre became the 44th and 45th wanted persons whose arrests are credited directly to readers of the newspaper.
They were wanted in separate crimes.
Around 1:30 a.m. Monday, U.S. Marshals deputies were awakened by a phone call from a person saying that Pierre, the kidnapper, was hiding out in the mountains of western Maryland.
The caller had searched online for information about Pierre and saw The Examiner's June 2011 story saying Pierre was on the run.
Pierre was staying at the Inn at Deep Creek, a lakeside resort in Garrett County, the caller said.
Maryland State Police quickly drove to the hotel and arrested Pierre, 36.
"Our investigator put in a tremendous amount of time and energy looking for Mr. Pierre. Thanks to that citizen's phone call, he can refocus his efforts on the next fugitive," said Supervisory Inspector Matt Burke of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force.
Pierre was wanted out of D.C. for violating the terms of his probation for a 2009 kidnapping in which he and another man broke into a Northwest Washington home and abducted a man to hurt him and take his valuables.
Unlike the elusive Pierre, Hilliard was arrested shortly after his story appeared on June 21.
Hilliard, 25, was wanted on warrants in Charles County and Montgomery County, including for holding up a Waldorf gas station at gunpoint.
Two days after he was featured as a "Most Wanted" fugitive in The Examiner, Montgomery County police got a phone call from a reader who saw his photo and profile. The caller said Hilliard had just gone into an apartment in Silver Spring.
Police responded to the address, found Hilliard and locked him up, Burke said.
Since 2008, federal authorities have credited readers of The Examiner with the capture of 45 fugitives, including murderers, kidnappers, child sex offenders, rapists and scam artists.
At least eight captured fugitives were convicted killers or wanted on a homicide charge.