Most Wanted: Convict with violent past walks away from halfway house

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U.S. marshals are looking for a fugitive with a violent past who escaped from a halfway house in the District, and they are asking the public for information that could help lead to his arrest.

Thirty-two-year-old Jalil Mathews was being held at the halfway house for a recent felony drug arrest. Although Mathews was not being held for a violent crime, law enforcement officials say they are concerned because of his criminal history.

"He has a history of arrests in which he used a firearm, including kidnapping and resisting police with a firearm," said Supervisory Inspector Matt Burke of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. "We'd like him picked back up before he has the opportunity to arm himself again and hurt someone."

In 2008, Mathews was convicted of assault of a police officer, fleeing a law enforcement officer and reckless driving. He was sentenced to a year and a half behind bars.

Mathews is now wanted in D.C. on charges of failure to appear on a charge of heroin possession and escape from a halfway house, police said.

Mathews is 5-foot-10, 155 pounds and has a large scar on the side of his neck, which should make him stand out, officials said. He also uses the name Jalil Muhammad.

Mathews has lived on Park Road in Northwest Washington and on Livingston Road in Southeast Washington.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should contact the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force at 301-489-1717.

Since 2008, the "Most Wanted" feature has led directly to the capture or surrender of 50 fugitives, including murderers, armed robbers, kidnappers, sex offenders and drug dealers.

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 33,000 fugitives since its creation in 2004.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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