Escaped felon arrested at Owls Head Light State Park

By Staff | Jun 10, 2010
Wayne Collamore

An escaped prisoner was arrested June 10 after an intensive investigation by a team of law enforcement officers led by the U.S. Marshals Service's Southern Maine Violent Crimes Task Force.

Wayne Collamore had been wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service for escape since May 28 when he walked away from a U.S. Bureau of Prisons halfway house in Portland.

Collamore was arrested at Owls Head Light State Park at approximately 2 p.m. on June 10, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service. He was arrested by deputy U.S. marshals without incident after he was spotted in a car that was reported stolen June 10 to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. The vehicle was stolen from Round Pond and officers from agencies throughout the Midcoast were on the lookout. Collamore was sleeping at the wheel when law enforcement officers approached the vehicle and arrested him.

Collamore was serving the remainder of a prison sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm when he walked away from the halfway house. He was spotted June 3 in Nobleboro and fled into the woods. A manhunt ensued and participating agencies included the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Maine State Police, Maine Warden Service, Damariscotta police and fire department, Waldoboro Police Department, Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Office, Lincoln County and Kennebec County emergency management agencies, and the Rockland Police Department. Officers pursued multiple leads throughout the region.

"This is just another example of local, state and federal law enforcement working together to bring violent offenders to justice," said Noel March, U.S. marshal for the district of Maine, in the news release. "The great work and cooperation of numerous agencies throughout the Midcoast area led to this successful apprehension."

The Southern Maine Violent Crimes Task Force comprises officers from the U.S. Marshals Service, Biddeford Police Department, Portland Police Department and Scarborough Police Department.

Last year the U.S. Marshals Service task forces arrested more than 73,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges. In addition, U.S. marshals arrested approximately 34,000 federal fugitives, more than all other federal agencies combined, according to the news release.

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