Marshals: Virginia murder suspect captured in Wilkes-Barre

By Toni Pennello - [email protected]

WILKES-BARRE — A fugitive wanted for murder in Virginia was arrested in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, according to a press release sent by the U.S. Marshals Service late Thursday.

The Virginia Beach Police Department obtained an arrest warrant on Sunday, charging Sharif Gabriel Colon, 18, with murder following an incident this month, the release says.

During its search, the U.S. Marshals Service in Virginia obtained information that Colon had fled to Wilkes-Barre.

Colon surrendered at a residence on Hanover Street without incident, the release said. He is now awaiting extradition to Virginia.

Marshals worked with members of the Wilkes-Barre Police Department, Scranton Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police and Dallas Township Police Department during the investigation.

“Along with our law enforcement partners, it’s the Marshals Service’s duty to ensure that those charged with serious crimes have their day in court,” U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane said in the release. “Our community will not be a safe haven for fugitives charged with such violent offenses. It is my sincere hope that the victim’s family will find some measure of comfort knowing the suspect will face justice.”

By Toni Pennello

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