U.S. Marshals on Friday arrested David Allen Hamilton Jr., a fugitive from Bucks County charged with raping two girls and the subject of a manhunt that lasted more than a week.
Acting on a tip, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and Aston police officers went to a home on the 100 block of Roberts Road, in Aston, Delaware County, about 10:15 a.m. and surrounded it, authorities said.
After announcing their presence, marshals and police entered the house and found Hamilton hiding in a second floor bedroom closet, the U.S. Marshals said in a statement, adding the house was believed to belong to female relative of Hamilton.
Two nearby schools were locked down while the operation was under way, officials said.
"We are extremely glad we were able to bring Mr. Hamilton in custody without incident and in a timely manner," Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Robert Clark said.
Clark said Hamilton offered no resistance and the relative who owns the home was nor there.
Hamilton didn't look "messy, disheveled, dirty" after initial suspicions he was living outdoors, Clark said.
"He definitely wasn't living outside the past couple of days," Clark said. "I can say that."
Hamilton, of Trevose, had been sought since last week, after an arrest warrant was issued accusing him of sexually assaulting two girls over five years.
Shortly after, Hamilton was spotted at a Target store in Oxford Valley, where he purchased a white tent with a red top and other supplies.
On Sept. 21, two New Hope police officers spotted him, but he escaped after a violent struggle during which Hamilton wrestled one officer to the ground and attempted to steal his firearm.
On Wednesday, Meredith Custodio, 58, was charged with hiding Hamilton in the Solebury home where she works as a caretaker for several days and allowing him to steal her client's car.
He was last reported to have been spotted in New Castle, Del., Wednesday morning.