Fugitive sees 'Most Wanted' story on himself, surrenders

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Local,Crime,Scott McCabe

The bowlegged fugitive got tired of running.

Marcus Antonio Curry, wanted on separate warrants for a carjacking in Montgomery County and a gun-related charge in D.C., turned himself in to authorities after his story and mug shot appeared in Thursday's Washington Examiner.

Marshals were hoping that his distinctive walk would help readers identify him. Curry, 19, is bowlegged, pigeon-toed and hunches over when he walks.

Instead, Curry walked into a Montgomery County police station Thursday night and surrendered.

Curry had seen himself in The Examiner and was tired of running, authorities said.

"This is exactly how this is supposed to work," said Supervisory Inspector Matt Burke of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. "Law enforcement doesn't have to continue spending resources looking for Curry, the warrant is served and no one is injured or traumatized during the course of an apprehension attempt."

Curry is the 46th fugitive from justice whose arrest is credited to The Examiner and its readers. Most of those were captured directly thanks to tips by alert readers -- like the time commuters at a Southeast Washington bus stop surrounded a fugitive child sex offender until police arrived.

But sometimes, the fugitive does the right thing and surrenders himself, Burke said.

Curry is accused of carjacking a person in Silver Spring and forcing the victim to drive to ATMs and withdraw money in August. That same month, Curry also failed to show up in D.C. Superior Court for his sentencing on a gun conviction, police said.

Since 2008, The Examiner's "Most Wanted" feature has led directly to the capture or surrender of 46 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.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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