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Escaped fugitive taken into custody in CT

April 16, 2019

WILLIMANTIC — A 43-year-old man who escaped from a federal facility in Georgia was taken into custody in Willimantic on Tuesday morning, according to U.S. Marshals.

Around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force and the Willimantic Police Department took Israel Rodriguez-Zayes into custody.

On Aug. 12, 2013, Rodriguez-Zayes was sentenced by a federal judge in Puerto Rico to serve 120 months for sale of crack cocaine, heroin and marijuana. On Nov. 12, 2013, Rodriguez-Zayes was also sentenced to an additional 60 months in prison by a federal judge in Puerto Rico for using and carrying firearms during, and in relation to, a drug trafficking crime.

He received a total of 180 months to be served at a Bureau of Prisons Facility. On March 2, Rodriguez-Zayes escaped from that facility in Jessup, Ga.

In early April, U.S. Marshals heard that Rodriguez-Zayes was living in Connecticut. Marshals tracked Rodriguez-Zayes to the Willimantic area and found he was working part-time as a mechanic in Willimantic.

In Hartford Federal Court on Tuesday, Rodriguez-Zayes was held pending extradition to Georgia for his escape warrant.