Suspect in 2 sex assaults, one attempted murder caught in Montgomery

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Thanks to a tip from a reader of The Examiner, authorities captured an elusive fugitive wanted in string of violent attacks in two states.

Mark Dwayne Clements Sr., 48, had been running from police since September when he was charged with attempted murder in Prince George's County. Police believe he was hiding in western Pennsylvania until police there began investigating Clements for two separate sexual assaults that occurred this winter in the Pittsburgh area.

U.S. marshals believed he may have returned to the Washington, D.C.-area.

When The Examiner profiled Clements in Thursday's edition, Montgomery County police received a call from a reader who said Clements was back in the area and hiding out in Germantown.

By noon Friday, Clements was in handcuffs.

"Examiner readers come through again," Matt Burke, supervisory inspector with the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force said. "This is another fine example of the public working with law enforcement to ensure their own safety."

Clements was wanted in four jurisdictions. Clements has a diverse and violent criminal history dating back to 1980, Burke said. He arrests include robbery, drug dealing, burglary, theft, rape and conspiracy to commit murder.

Clements is the sixth suspect captured with the help of Examiner readers. Each Thursday, The Examiner features a Most Wanted fugitive on the Crime Punishment page.

The Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, run by the U.S. Marshals Service, comprises 28 federal, state and local agencies from Baltimore to Norfolk, Va. The unit has captured more than 19,000 wanted fugitives since its creation in 2004.

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Scott McCabe

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