Tips from Public Lead to Arrest of Pennsylvania Fugitive, Recovery of Child
Special Agent in Charge Michael Harpster of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division announced the arrest of fugitive Maria Evelia Cabrera-Gutierrez, and the recovery of her four-year-old son, Daniel Markus.
A day after the case was featured on HLN’s "The Hunt with John Walsh," tips to the show’s hotline helped authorities locate Cabrera-Gutierrez in Raymond, Washington. She was taken into custody by the Pacific County (WA) Sheriff’s Department and the Raymond (WA) Police Department, and subsequently admitted her identity.
Daniel was located at school and transported to Washington State Child Protective Services, pending the arrival in Washington of his father.
In August of 2014, Cabrera-Gutierrez was ordered by a court in Reading, Pennsylvania, to share custody of Daniel with his father, Guy Markus. Cabrera-Gutierrez violated that order by fleeing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by bus with Daniel on November 13, 2014.
On November 19, 2014, Cabrera-Gutierrez was charged with interference with custody of children and concealment of whereabouts of a child in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Berks County, and a warrant was issued for her arrest. On November 24, 2014, the FBI sought and was issued a federal arrest warrant for Cabrera-Gutierrez in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Allentown, Pennsylvania, after she was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
The FBI would like to thank HLN’s "The Hunt with John Walsh" and the tipsters who helped locate Cabrera-Gutierrez and Daniel Markus, as well as the Pacific County Sheriff’s Department and the Raymond Police Department for their assistance with this matter.
Further inquiries should be addressed to the Berks County District Attorney’s Office.