Department of Justice
U.S. Marshals Service
Western District of Pennsylvania
Thomas Fitzgerald, U.S. Marshal
U.S. Marshals escorted former Johnstown television meteorologist Jay Patrick back to the United States today to face new charges and the sentencing he ran from four years ago. Patrick, also known as James Holcomb, was located in Kiev and taken into custody by Ukrainian authorities Thursday.
“After four years of running from the law, Patrick will finally be held accountable for the crimes he was found guilty of in 2004”, said Western Pennsylvania U.S. Marshal Thomas Fitzgerald.
The search for Patrick encompassed multiple states. Investigators also followed several leads in Asia and Europe that eventually led them to the Ukraine, where Patrick was discovered living under an assumed name. The FBI and U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security provided invaluable assistance in the location of Patrick abroad. The Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s regional security offices in Ukraine and Cambodia worked to locate Patrick and facilitate his arrest.
“It’s this type of close, worldwide law enforcement liaison capability that gives Diplomatic Security unparalleled ability to locate, pursue and apprehend fugitives,” said Ron Catipon, Regional Security Officer in Kiev.
Patrick was placed on home confinement awaiting sentencing in 2004, after being convicted for sexual assault and sexual indecent assault in Cambria County. He had been on the run since fleeing home confinement in March 2005.
Patrick also has outstanding charges of escape, forgery, theft and receiving stolen property pending in Cambria County.
Patrick is currently being held in New York awaiting an extradition hearing.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force and assisted by the Diplomatic Security Service, FBI, Cambria County Sheriff’s Department, Cambria County District Attorney’s Office, West Hills Regional Police Department and the Johnstown U.S. Attorneys office.
The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from federal, state and local agencies. The objective of the task force is to seek out and arrest violent offenders. Last year, U.S. Marshals task forces arrested more than 27,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at www.usmarshals.gov.
Deputy U.S. Marshal David Zerjav