No. 47: Examiner reader's tip leads to capture of kidnapper

Local,Crime,Scott McCabe

A convicted kidnapper is behind bars thanks to another tip from a reader of The Washington Examiner, according to U.S. marshals.

Victor Terrell becomes the 47th wanted person whose arrest is credited directly to readers of the newspaper after the fugitive appeared in The Examiner's "Most Wanted" weekly feature.

Terrell, 29, was wanted for skipping out on his paroles for kidnapping and armed carjacking in D.C., and armed robbery in Maryland.

Matt Burke, supervisory inspector of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, said a tipster saw Terrell's story on The Examiner's website and called authorities with information that Terrell frequently hung out at Goodwin Park in Seat Pleasant.

Marshals deputies kept surveillance on the park, located at 6013 Addison Road, and passed out fliers to police officers who patrolled the area.

Police working a concert at the park Saturday spotted Terrell and arrested him.

Any piece of information can be helpful in nabbing a fugitive, Burke said.

"A lot of times, people will call with general information," Burke said. "If it's good, we can use it to develop the information further and lock up that guy."

According to charging documents, in April 2003, Terrell and others carjacked a man at gunpoint in Prince George's County, forcing him drive them to an ATM in the District.

The robbers forced the victim to take out his daily limit of $600, then made the victim rent a room at the Days Inn hotel at 2700 New York Avenue NE.

The robbers took turns holding the victim at gunpoint while they waited for the withdrawal restriction to lift the next day.

The robbers stole the victim's personal identification number for his ATM card and drove way with the man's vehicle.

Since 2008, The Examiner's "Most Wanted" feature has led directly to the capture or surrender of 47 convicted murders, kidnappers, sex offenders, drug dealers and con artists, federal officials say. The New York Times has noted the success of the series.

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.

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