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Examiner readers lead marshals to 'Most Wanted' capture No. 52

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Convicted bank robber Eddie Murphy probably wishes he could be trading places with his Hollywood counterpart.

The 51-year-old fugitive had been on the run since July, but he was captured last week after readers of The Washington Examiner saw his mug shot and story and tipped off U.S. Marshals deputies.

With his capture, the Eddie "Five Knots" Murphy became the 52nd fugitive whose arrest has been credited to readers of The Examiner since it began its "Most Wanted" feature more than four years ago.

Investigators received tips that Murphy had been hiding at an address in Northeast Washington, said Matt Burke, supervisory inspector for the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Investigators had already checked that address. Murphy wasn't really living there, Burke said, but he would stay for a few days, move out to avoid detection and then come back later.

Tipsters said Murphy was back at the address, and marshals arrested him Thursday.

"The Eddie Murphy show is canceled," Burke said. "Great job, Examiner readers."

Murphy told the arresting deputy he was annoyed about being in the newspaper.

Murphy had been wanted for violating the terms of his federal probation for bank robbery. His rap sheet includes armed bank robbery, along with assault on police officers in the District, Virginia and North Carolina.

He was the second suspect captured in less than two weeks thanks to tips from Examiner readers. A week earlier, police took a serial burglar and his gun off the streets after his story appeared in the paper.

Since 2008, The Examiner's "Most Wanted" feature has led directly to the capture of surrender of 52 fugitives. Among them were a man wanted in a 1997 cold-case slaying, a teenager accused of killing a 16-year-old boy and stuffing his body in a closet, and a key figure in one of the largest federal contracting scams in United States history.

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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