St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces arrest by U.S. Marshals Task Force, including St. Lucie County deputies, of fugitive wanted by Czech Republic
The Treasure Coast U.S. Marshals Task Force, including federally deputized members of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, have arrested a fugitive from the Czech Republic, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
"Wu Zheng is wanted in the Czech Republic for the 2002 knifepoint kidnapping of a woman held for one month for ransom and released to the woman's father after he paid a ransom of $70,000," said Sheriff Mascara. In 2004, the government of the Czech Republic convicted Zheng in absentia for his crime, and he was sentenced to three years in prison.
"Thursday, Wu Zheng, a citizen of the People's Republic of China, was taken into custody near the home where he was living, at 5739 Place Lake Drive in the Portofino Shores subdivision in northern St. Lucie County north of Spanish Lakes Country Club," Sheriff Mascara said.
Wu Zheng is now in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
According to investigators, the U.S. Marshals received notification in 2009 from INTERPOL that Wu Zheng was possibly living in St. Lucie County. Deputies and the U.S. Marshals located him at the Portofino Shores subdivision.
After the U.S. Attorney's Office obtained an arrest warrant, the task force set up surveillance on Zheng's home. Thursday morning, he drove away from his home and deputies and the task force arrested him. The Czech Republic has requested Zheng's extradition
"We at the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office are proud of our participation in the U.S. Marshals Task Force, and we're glad to have played a role in arresting Wu Zheng," Sheriff Mascara said.
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