Tattooed fugitive captured in Pennsylvania after dozens of tips from the public
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CONCORD — A heavily tattooed fugitive with a history of violence has been captured with the help of the public.
U.S. Marshals announced that Eric Judkins, 42, was arrested in Howard, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, one day after requesting the public's assistance in finding him.
Officials said they received tips that placed Judkins in states from New Hampshire to California and everywhere in between, but they eventually narrowed their search to the Howard, Pennsylvania area.
After an all-day search by deputy U.S. Marshals, and other law enforcement agencies, Judkins was located and arrested without incident inside a residence in Howard. Police said he was with another fugitive, Quintin Titus, 22, who was arrested on a probation violation stemming from an original conviction for theft.
Officials said Judkins and Quintin are currently being held at the Lycoming County Prison in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Judkins was an inmate at the Hampshire House, a half-way house in Manchester when he failed to return to the facility. Judkins had been serving part of a 27-month sentence for a serious assault that occurred while he was in a federal prison. This assault on an inmate occurred while he was serving a 210-month sentence for a 1999 New Hampshire bank robbery.
U.S. Marshal David L. Cargill thanked the public for their assistance in capturing Judkins.
“This dangerous fugitive was quickly arrested due in part to the large number of tips that came into our office, combined with the tireless work of the investigators in both New Hampshire and Pennsylvania,” he said.
Judkins is scheduled to have an initial court appearance Friday at the U.S. District Courthouse in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and Quintin will have a court appearance in a Pennsylvania State Court at a later date.