By MARGARET THOMPSON
WARREN - A three-year chase of one of Pennsylvania's most wanted fugitives came to a close Wednesday morning when police arrested the alleged child rapist at a home on Kenilworth Avenue S.E.
Shawn Fake, 45, of York, Pa., was charged in March 2011 by the York City Police Department with 22 counts of forcible rape of children under the age of 13, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and corruption of minors.
Fake, who was named one of the Pennsylvania State Police's "Ten Most Wanted" fugitives in 2013, was arrested without incident by deputy U.S. marshals and task force officers in the 800 block of Kenilworth Avenue S.E., according to information released by the U.S. Marshals Office.
The investigation traced leads for Fake through Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio, where Fake avoided capture by using false names and living as a homeless person, according to reports.
With no forms of identification on him, Fake originally gave police a false name on Wednesday to police. He was taken to the Trumbull County Court for an extradition hearing and immediately sent back to York, Pa.
Youngstown Division Deputy U.S. Marshal Daniel K. DeVille said officers spoke with residents surrounding the Kenilworth Avenue location to be sure that no children were seen at the house and to make sure there was no babysitting activity there.
Kenilworth Avenue resident Sherry Groves said Wednesday evening that she had seen police at the residence a few houses away from her own earlier in the day. She was shocked when she learned of the allegations against someone so close to her own home.
"It was right across the street from me," she said. "Are you kidding me? I'm sick with it."
Groves said there are plenty of children on the street, including her two nephews aged 12 and 14 who have been staying with her and her 14-month-old grandchild that is often at her home.
"My kids stay in my yard," she said.
Several young children could be seen playing at homes along the street late Wednesday. Groves said she does not know the neighbors at the home well, but mentioned that they often have different people boarding with them, though she never suspected anyone facing such violent charges would be in the home.
"The primary purpose of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force is to pull together resource from multiple agencies and apply their specialized skills to locate and apprehend violent offenders," U.S. Marshal Martin Pane said.
"Fugitives like Fake are why this task force exists. No matter how long it takes, there is no place to hide once this team of experienced investigators is on your trail," Pane said.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service, the Pennsylvania State Police, the York City Police Department and the York County Sheriff's Department. Assistance also was provided by the USMS Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, the Warren Police Department and the Youngstown Police Department.
"The collaborative effort by the Marshals Service and our participating task force member agencies is why we were able to locate this fugitive," Pane said. "It is my sincere hope that the victims can gain some measure of comfort now that the alleged assailant has been apprehended."