Fugitive Accused of Murder Caught in Connecticut

The man wanted in connection with a December deadly shooting in Fall River, Massachusetts, was apprehended on Thursday by federal marshals in Connecticut.

According to U.S. Marshals, 28-year-old Juan Castro of Fall River was shot and killed outside his residence on Bank Street on December 23, 2023. Lee George-Maldonado is the man being detained.

In addition to murder, attempted murder attempted abduction, attempted assault and battery with a handgun, and carrying a firearm without a license, George-Maldonado is also facing accusations of attempted kidnapping. He also faces domestic abuse accusations stemming from his time in Puerto Rico.

He is currently being imprisoned until his extradition to Massachusetts, where he also faces charges of being a fugitive from justice.

The arrest of Willimantic resident Angel Fabian Robles-Nicasio in January was announced by the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. The arrest was part of a more comprehensive investigation into gang activities and racketeering by the Willimantic Police. The murder and weapons allegations against Robles-Nicasio are related to Castro’s death as well.

After conducting their investigation, the police sought assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service in locating and apprehending Maldonado. On May 17, they secured an arrest order for him.

With the assistance of the Willimantic Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team, officers of the United States Marshals Connecticut Violent Fugitive Task Force were able to track down and capture Maldonado at his home in Willimantic, Connecticut.

Police departments from Waterbury, Norwalk, Hartford, Bridgeport, and New Haven, as well as ICE, make up the several agencies that comprise the Connecticut Violent Fugitive Task Force.

Since its formation in 1999, the task force has apprehended several individuals sought for various crimes, including fugitives from justice, sexual predators, assault, murder, and several more.