The U.S. Marshals Service is trying to track down a man who has missed court appearances after serving time for kidnapping.


Marshals are looking for 35-year-old Meinrad Ekani Pierre, who pleaded guilty to theft and kidnapping charges in March 2009. He was sentenced that May to a year in prison, a year of probation and five years of supervised release. He's now wanted for violating probation.

D.C. Superior Court records show Pierre -- who is also listed in court records in the District and Maryland as Pierre M. Ekani and Meinrad Pierre Ekani -- didn't show up for a court hearing in October, and a bench warrant was issued.

The kidnapping happened on July 28, 2008, when Pierre and another man broke into a home on the 3600 block of 38th Street NW and "seized, confined, kidnapped, abducted, transported and carried away" a man inside in order to harm him and take items from the home, according to an indictment.

He pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and kidnapping.

He has past arrests and convictions for offenses that include drugs, theft and trespassing, according to court records and the Marshals Service.

"Pierre is a PCP user who becomes dangerous when he hallucinates," Deputy Stephen Marks said.

Marshals say Pierre has family in Montgomery County and is known to spend time in the Germantown, Gaithersburg, Chevy Chase and Silver Spring areas. He frequents the Rio Entertainment Center in Gaithersburg, marshals said.

He is described as a black man who is about 6 feet 4 inches tall and 220 pounds. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Marshals Service at 301-459-1717 or 800-336-0102.

Tips from readers of The Washington Examiner have led directly to the capture of at least 30 people wanted by police, including convicted killers, bank robbers and sex offenders.

The Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, run by the Marshals Service, is composed of 30 federal, state and local agencies from Baltimore to Norfolk. The unit has captured more than 33,000 wanted fugitives since it was created in 2004.