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Tattooed fugitive captured in Pennsylvania

Eric Judkins

US Marshals

Eric Judkins

A highly recognizable fugitive with extensive tattoos on his face, neck, and chest has been apprehended by authorities in Pennsylvania.

The United States Marshals’ New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force announced Friday the arrest of 42-year-old Eric Judkins, who had been sought by authorities after he failed to return to a halfway house in Manchester, N.H., Monday night.

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Judkins made headlines earlier this week after authorities released photos of him to the media. Judkins has tattoos all over his head and face, including the words “Boot Boy” written in ink on his upper lip.

Judkins was located and arrested without incident at a home in Howard, Pa., with another tattooed fugitive, Quintin Titus, 22, who was arrested on a probation violation stemming from a conviction for theft, federal marshals said in a statement.

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Judkins had been serving part of a 27-month sentence for an assault that occurred while he was in a federal prison, where he was serving a sentence for a 1999 New Hampshire bank robbery, according to the marshals and federal court records.

The marshals service said it received “several dozen tips that spanned from coast to coast” and eventually narrowed down his whereabouts to Pennsylvania.

Following a search involving marshals, the Lycoming County Sheriff’s office, and Pennsylvania State Police and county probation officers, Judkins was located and arrested at a home on Black Walnut Street in Howard, along with Titus.

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Judkins and Titus are currently being held at the Lycoming County Prison in Williamsport, Pa.

Judkins is scheduled to appear in court Friday at the US District Court in Williamsport Friday.

Titus is due to appear in state court at a later time.

US Marshal David L. Cargill Jr. thanked the members of the public who called, e-mailed, and texted tips that led to the apprehension of 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 NH and Pennsylvania,” Cargill said in a statement. “Thank you to everyone that had a part in this investigation, without your help, this quick arrest would not have been possible.”

Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.
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