U. S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today that the USMS arrested Dan Burch, a 36-year old man, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Burch, a former resident of Texas, was arrested in 2007 in Liberty County, Texas charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. It was reported that Burch assaulted his victim several times, with the last known assault occurring in 2006. The victim was 13 years of age at the time of the alleged assaults.
Burch was released on bond and disappeared which was a violation of his bond conditons. An arrest warrant was issued in Liberty County, Texas in May 2010 charging him bond violation. He has remained a fugitive from justice since May 5, 2010.
In early January 2013, the Liberty County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service in Beaumont, Texas to locate and arrest Burch. An investigative lead was sent to the USMS Middle District of Pennsylvania (M/PA) Fugitive Task Force. Information was developed on the possible whereabouts of Burch in the Bradford County area. (USMS press release)
On January 22, U.S. Marshals based in Scranton located the fugitive in West Burlington, but he fled prior to arrest. A coordinated effort throughout Bradford County and Lycoming County led U.S. Marshals to several hotels in the Williamsport area. During the late morning hours of January 23, U.S. Marshals cornered Burch in the parking lot of the Econo Lodge in Williamsport. The fugitive attempted to flee, but was captured by USMS personnel after a brief foot chase. (Ibid)
Burch is currently being held by the Pennsylvania State Police in Montoursville, where he will be charged as a fugitive-from-justice. Extradition hearings are to be held shortly and he is expected to be extradited back to Texas.