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July 4, 2013

Reader tips lead to capture of 'Most Wanted' fugitive

MEADVILLE — Tips from the public were a big reason why an area man featured in the Tribune’s most recent weekly “Most Wanted” feature was captured on Wednesday, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.

Dane Hamilton, 28, was captured and taken into custody without incident around 8 a.m. at an apartment complex in Franklin, Venango County, by the U.S. Marshall’s Task Force and Franklin City Police, according to a report. He was originally featured as “Most Wanted” in Tuesday’s Tribune for allegedly failing to report and absconding from the Pennsylvania parole office on original charges of statutory rape, manufacture with Intent to manufacture and deliver, and indecent assault.

According to Chief Deputy Sheriff Neil Fratus, who oversees the office’s outstanding warrant service, Hamilton’s location and capture came following at least a half dozen tips from the public.

“We would never have caught him without the public’s help,” Fratus said. “We got tip after tip after tip. All the tips were good information and eventually led us down to Franklin.”

Hamilton was 104th capture out of 133 “Most Wanted” people featured, Fratus said. The feature began in the fall of 2010. The Sheriff’s Office passed 100 captures in early May.

Fratus thanked the public “for not being afraid to call in because we greatly appreciate it.”

“(Tuesday) was a prime example of not having much to go on until we heard from the public,” he said.

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