Marshals apprehend escaped fugitive on St. Thomas


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ST. THOMAS - More than a month after his escape from custody, fugitive Raheem "Shano" Creque is back in the hands of federal authorities.

Creque, 36, was arrested Friday morning after escaping from custody last month.

He was incarcerated at the Alexander Farrelly Justice Center complex for only two days after the U.S. Marshals Service arrested him on Jan. 21.

He then managed to slip away from the complex on Jan. 23 before a 4 p.m. shift change and inmate count.

The V.I. Corrections Bureau never accounted for how Creque escaped the facility.

U.S. Marshals arrested Creque at an undisclosed location on St. Thomas at 11 a.m. Friday, after law enforcement officials received tips from the public that led them to him, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Since Creque's disappearance, marshals have been searching for Creque, who is facing charges of enticing and coercing a 15-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity through use of a facility of interstate commerce.

He now faces an additional escape from custody charge, officials from the U.S. Marshals Office confirmed.

At the time of his initial incarceration, Creque was being held without bail in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service, even though he was being kept at the Alexander Farrelly Justice Center, a local facility. Federal prisoners are not always kept at federal facilities, according to a previous statement from Deputy Marshal Kwesi Howard.

Across St. Thomas, Creque's face was plastered on "wanted" posters that described him as 6 feet tall and 220 pounds, with the tattoos "Mafia" and "Mob" distinguishing him.

The service also offered a $2,500 anonymous reward to anyone who could indicate Creque's whereabouts.

While authorities would not even reveal where on St. Thomas they eventually found Creque, they told the public during their search that Creque is known to frequent cockfights and horse races and is known to hang out in the Hospital Ground and Savan neighborhoods.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security first filed a complaint against Creque on Dec. 26, according to PACER, an online court records system.

The V.I. Police Department assisted with the case, according to a prepared statement from U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe.

According to Homeland Security special agent Alicia Blyden's criminal complaint, Creque first contacted the victim on or about Dec. 11 and extorted her into having sex with him by threatening to post a sexually explicit video of her on Facebook.

Creque continued to threaten releasing the video, and the girl ultimately complied with Creque's demands and had sex with him, according to Blyden. During the sexual assault, Creque took a photograph to further extort the girl, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Creque faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life.

In November, a female inmate also escaped from the custody of the V.I. Corrections Bureau.

Heather Turfely, 36, escaped from the Alva Swann Complex in Sub Base on St. Thomas. Turfely walked away from the jail while taking out the trash during her work detail, though she returned days later.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email jkane@dailynews.vi.

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