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Police: New Jersey fugitive arrested in Schenectady

Police: New Jersey fugitive arrested in Schenectady

Police: New Jersey fugitive arrested in Schenectady
Dondre I. Spencer
Photographer: New Jersey Department of Corrections (inset); Shutterstock (background)

SCHENECTADY - A man wanted in New Jersey for walking away from a halfway house was arrested this week in Schenectady, authorities said.

Dondre I. Spencer, 27, homeless, was arrested in a Monday morning raid at an address on Van Vranken Avenue, police said Wednesday.

Spencer had been wanted in New Jersey since Oct. 27, when he failed to return to a halfway house from a work release program, a New Jersey corrections spokesman said.

Spencer had been nearing the end of a three-year prison term for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer in Cape May when Spencer was placed in the halfway house, the spokesman said. He then failed to return.

A tip that Spencer was in Schenectady led to Van Vranken Avenue. Officers with the U.S. Marshals regional task force then found him there in the 6:30 a.m. raid. He had been sleeping on a couch and took him into custody, Schenectady Police spokesman Sgt. Jeffrey McCutcheon said.

Spencer's original maximum expiration of his term was set for Aug. 14, 2020, but he could potentially get extra time for what was officially termed an escape from the halfway house, the New Jersey spokesman said.

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