Man wanted in Maryland nabbed in Winston-Salem attic

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A man wanted in Maryland for a 2004 attempted murder was nabbed by federal agents and Winston-Salem police officers Friday morning after they found him hiding in an attic.

The U.S. Marshals Service said that Rafael Rivera Quinones, 34, was arrested about 11 a.m. Friday in a house at 908 Goldfloss Street.

Quinones was wanted in Prince George’s County, Maryland, for attempted first degree murder, attempted second degree murder, first degree assault, two counts of second degree assault and destruction of property, all stemming from a 2004 incident in which Quinones allegedly assaulted someone else with a broken bottle.

The warrant for Quinones’ arrest was issued in May 2004. But it was not until recently that the Capital Area Regional Task Force in Greenbelt, Md., received information that Quinones was living in Winston-Salem, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Officers with the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force and members of the Winston-Salem Police Department carried out the arrest. Friday, officials said, the task force began keeping the house on Goldfloss Street under observation about 9 a.m.

They saw Quinones go inside the house, but he refused to answer the door when members of the squad knocked on the door.

Officials said that the task force then made entry to the house, but that they could not immediately find Quinones inside. To get into the attic they began removing portions of the interior ceiling, reports showed.

After about two hours they made contact with Quinones, who was in the attic, and he was taken into custody without incident.

The Marshals Service said that Quinones was being held at the Forsyth County Detention Center without bond, pending extradition to Maryland.

The joint fugitive task force is comprised of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service and officers from area law enforcement agencies.


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