Fugitive turns self in after reading Examiner

Crime,Scott McCabe

A fugitive with a long criminal history in the Washington area surrendered to U.S. marshals reading about his flight from justice in The Washington Examiner.

Forty-four-year-old Illya Truesdale turned himself in last week after a family member saw Truesdale's story and photo in the newspaper and told him, according to the U.S. Marshals Office.

"Looks like The Examiner provided just the nudge needed to get him in," said Matthew Burke, supervisory inspector of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.

Truesdale, of the District, has very distinctive tattoos on all sides of his neck that made him very easy to spot. Truesdale told the deputy marshal assigned the case that he knew that he was wanted but "was trying to stay out there," Burke said. There wasn't much more conversation after that, he said.

Truesdale's arrest history in Washington and Maryland dates back to 1985 and includes assault with a deadly weapon (gun), carrying a pistol without a license, auto theft, distribution of cocaine, domestic violence, threats and destruction of property. He had been wanted since May for violating his federal parole.

Twenty-two "Most Wanted" fugitives have been taken into custody because they were featured in The Examiner. They include a two-time convicted murderer, an Adams Morgan mugger and a kidnapping suspect who had narrowly escaped from police in a wild shootout near the National Arboretum.

The "Most Wanted" feature appears each Thursday in The Washington Examiner.

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 29,000 wanted fugitives since its creation in 2004.

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