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Fugitive Wanted For 2020 Double-homicide in Puerto Rico Arrested in Pennsylvania

SAN JUAN — One of Puerto Rico’s most-wanted fugitives was captured Tuesday in Pennsylvania by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said today.

Jesus Medina-Ruiz, 31, is wanted for two homicides in Puerto Rico, according to authorities.

Members of the Task Force learned he was at a home on the first block of Riverside Avenue, and took him into custody around 8 a.m. Tuesday, with assistance from the Lancaster Bureau of Police and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, authorities said.

Medina-Ruiz was arrested without incident.

He is accused of shooting and killing a woman and her juvenile daughter in Anasco, Puerto Rico, on May 21, 2020, according to authorities.

Medina-Ruiz was listed among Puerto Rico’s Ten Most Wanted for his alleged crimes, authorities said.

After his arrest, he was arraigned on the charges and committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $3 million bail. 

Medina-Ruiz is currently awaiting extradition to Puerto Rico, where he is charged with first-degree murder.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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