One of the Eastern Panhandle's most wanted fugitives who was arrested Thursday is accused of attempting to solicit a juvenile boy with a learning disability and was once spotted living near a tent area behind a Maryland middle school, according to court records obtained Friday.
Authorities announced Thursday that the U.S. Marshal Service's Mountain State Fugitive Task Force was able to locate and arrest Peter Stankiewicz, 29, of Falling Waters, in Martinsburg. Stankiewicz was wanted on an outstanding warrant charging him with soliciting a minor for sex in connection an alleged October 2012 incident.
The task force was asked in May to locate Stankiewicz, who was believed to have fled West Virginia shortly after the alleged crime and returned to the Salisbury, Md., area.
Stankiewicz was recently added to the Eastern Panhandle's Most Wanted list due to the nature of his crime.
According to court records, on Oct. 20, 2012, the victim's mother reported to police that her son was receiving vulgar text messages on his cellphone from an older male, later identified as Stankiewicz.
Police reviewed several of the sexually explicit text messages sent by the man, known only at that time as "Peter," in which Stankiewicz allegedly attempted to solicit the victim.
On Jan. 25, police obtained a search warrant for Stankiewicz's cellphone records. During the course of the investigation, police were told that Stankiewicz had been seen in the Glen Burnie, Md., area.
On March 25, Maryland State Police provided investigators with a last known address for Stankiewicz that was located in Salisbury, Md.
Police later obtained information that Stankiewicz had been spotted twice in the area of Corkran Middle School in Glen Burnie. Investigators were told there was a tent area behind the school and Stankiewicz was living within its proximity. Maryland State Police searched the area, but didn't locate the wanted fugitive.
During the investigation, the task force was able to determine that Stankiewicz had returned to Maryland for a period of time, but then came back to West Virginia.
Information was received that Stankiewicz might be staying in the Falling Waters area around midday Thursday. U.S. Marshals and West Virginia state troopers checked the campsite where Stankiewicz was believed to be staying and learned that he had gone to a medical appointment in Martinsburg. Task Force members were able to catch up to Stankiewicz in Martinsburg and arrested him without incident. As of Friday, Stankiewicz remained in custody at Eastern Regional Jail on $10,000 bail.