Fugitive and Former Police Officer Accused of Tipping Off Gang Members

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After being on the lam and AWOL from his trial for more than a week, fugitive and former Asbury Park police officer Keith German was found and arrested near Raleigh, North Carolina.

German, 48, of Tinton Falls, was taken into custody without incident around noon Wednesday at a strip mall outside of Raleigh by members of the U.S. Marshals New York-New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, which includes two detectives from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and one officer from the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department.

Michael Schroeder, spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service, added that task force members, who traveled to the area Tuesday night, said German was arrested when he was spotted walking to his car in the strip mall parking lot. He was alone, Schroeder said.

“The prosecutor’s office and sheriff’s department, along with the Deputy U.S. Marshal, worked hand in hand, relentlessly on this investigation, which culminated into this core crew heading down to North Carolina,” Schroeder said.

Surveillance and information from interviews and databases is what led the team to locate and arrest German, he said.

German remains in federal custody until his initial court appearance, pending extradition to New Jersey, Schroeder said. He did not know when the court appearance will occur.

A bench warrant was issued for German, who was suspended without pay after his arrest in the “Dead End” investigation in 2014, after he failed to appear in court on June 20 for his trial, which began June 6. See the video above to learn more about “Operation Dead End.”

German’s attorney, Robert Ward, said Wednesday, when the trial broke for lunch, that he had spent all morning inside the courtroom and had no knowledge of German’s arrest.

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