The power of the Internet is making it harder for fugitives to hide from readers of The Washington Examiner.
U.S. marshals said they captured an accused drug dealer with ties to the underground D.C. hip-hop scene, thanks to a “Most Wanted” profile that ran two years ago in The Examiner. An anonymous tipster saw the story about Kalif Prysock online late last week and called in information that led to his arrest in Brooklyn, N.Y.
“Once again, The Examiner and its readers came through,” said Matthew Burke, supervisory inspector with the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. “There are a lot of fugitives out there, and not enough people looking for them. Having this sort of help is just fantastic.”
With Prysock’s capture, Burke said his investigators can redirect their efforts into looking for the next fugitive.
The arrest should also serve as a reminder to other fugitives profiled in The Examiner that marshals will not stop searching for them and they can never know who sees them on the Internet, Burke said.
Marshals said Prysock, 31, was involved in the D.C. club scene and was associated with a rap music label called Career Criminal Enterprise records. He had ties along the East Coast, from D.C. to Massachusetts, making it more difficult for authorities to track him down.
He has used numerous aliases, and when deputies caught up to him, he was using a fake identification card, Burke said.
Prysock remained in New York on Tuesday and was awaiting extradition to Montgomery County, where he has been wanted since 2006 on drug distribution charges.
Prysock is at least the 24th fugitive taken into custody thanks to a tip from a Washington Examiner reader. The “Most Wanted” feature appears each Thursday on the Crime & Punishment page — and online indefinitely.
The Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, run by the U.S. Marshals Service, includes 30 federal, state and local agencies from Baltimore to Norfolk. The unit has captured more than 31,000 wanted fugitives since its creation in 2004.