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Lifeguards Help Capture Fugitive
NORTH WILDWOOD — A Pennsylvania fugitive was arrested Saturday with the aid of the North Wildwood Beach Patrol, police said.
Police said Michael W. Beck, 27, of East Albert Street, Philadelphia, was stopped earlier in the day by Wildwood Police, but because of a delayed computerized response from the National Crime Information Center, or NCIC, police did not learn he was a fugitive until he had already been released.
City police then learned Beck might be on the beach, and his description was broadcast to neighboring police and beach patrols.
North Wildwood Beach Patrol Chief Tony Cavalier said the beach patrol was notified that a man wanted in connection with a sexual assault was in the area and he was soon spotted by a beach patrol lifeguard at 22nd Avenue.
It was reported he was heading north and another life-guard saw the suspect at 15th Avenue, Cavalier said.
Cavalier said lifeguards went towards the man and surrounded him until police arrived.
Police said Beck was arrested at 11th Avenue and the beach and was found with less than 50 grams of marijuana.
He was charged with possession of marijuana and being a fugitive from justice.
Beck was wanted in Philadelphia on the charge of indecent assault on a minor in Philadelphia County, police said. He was lodged in the county jail in lieu of $500,000 bail pending an extradition hearing.
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