Contact: Major Todd Catlow, Detective Commander Telephone: (401) 444-1005
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety; and Marshal Jamie A. Hainsworth, United States Marshal for the District of Rhode Island, announce that members of the Rhode Island Violent Fugitive Task Force and the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested a fugitive wanted by the State of New York for Escape from Custody and Parole Violation.
On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 12:15 p.m., members of the Rhode Island Violent Fugitive Task Force and members of the New York/New Jersey Fugitive Task Force arrested Darnell Thomas, age 26, of 1303 St. Johns Street, Brooklyn, New York as a Fugitive from Justice from the State of New York. Thomas was arraigned in Sixth Division District Court, where he waived extradition before the Honorable Associate Judge Joseph T. Houlihan and was turned over to the New York authorities.
Thomas was initially arrested on April 8, 2014 in Brooklyn by the City of New York Police Department for Criminal Mischief and Parole Violation. Thomas escaped from a police car while being transported to their central booking station. Members of the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Rhode Island Violent Fugitive Task Force tracked Thomas to 773 Douglas Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island where he was taken into custody without incident.
Thomas will be arraigned today in Kings County Criminal Court, 120 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, New York on charges of Escape from Custody, Criminal Mischief and Parole Violation.
The Rhode Island Violent Fugitive Task Force is a joint effort of the Rhode Island State Police and the Office of the United States Marshal for the District of Rhode Island. The Rhode Island VFTF targets subjects who are wanted for violent crimes, prison escapees, parole violators and violent juvenile offenders. The Rhode Island VFTF is comprised of members of the Rhode Island State Police, the United States Marshals and the Providence Police Department.