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U.S. Marshals find Bucks fugitive hiding in closet


Members of the U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force arrested David Allen Hamilton Jr., 47, on charges of rape of a child and related charges, at approximately 10:15 a.m. Sept. 28, in Aston, Delaware County.

The arrest was made in relation to numerous alleged sexual assaults which occurred over the past five years in the 100 block of Highland Avenue in the Feasterville-Trevose area.

Hamilton had been on the run since being charged by Lower Southampton police Sept. 19. Hamilton also faces charges for aggravated assault, after police said he tried to steal a weapon from a New Hope police officer who attempted to arrest him on Sept. 21.

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, Solebury police arrested Meredith Custodio, a live-in caregiver accused of harboring Hamilton in the Solebury Township home where she cared for an elderly woman. Police said Hamilton had been at the house since late Friday or early Saturday, and was there until Tuesday night when he fled in a stolen car.

After receiving a tip, Sept. 28, members of the U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force and Aston Police Department surrounded a residence in the 100 block of Roberts Road, where they believed Hamilton to be.

They found Hamilton hiding in a second-floor bedroom closet in a home believed to belong to a female family member. He was then taken into custody without incident.

“This sexual predator placed the community in significant danger,” said U.S. Marshals’ Supervisory Deputy Robert Clark. “We are extremely glad we were able to bring Mr. Hamilton in custody without incident and in a timely manner.”

The fugitive investigation was a joint effort by the U.S. Marshals Eastern Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force, the Lower Southampton, Solebury and Aston police departments.