Ex-Northeast resident is wanted by the feds

A former North­east res­id­ent and ac­cused iden­tity thief wanted by fed­er­al agents in North­ern New Jer­sey is also con­sidered a fu­git­ive from justice in Phil­adelphia.

The Ne­wark (N.J.) Di­vi­sion of the FBI on Nov. 15 is­sued a wanted poster for Lu­is Colon Jr., 28, in con­nec­tion with his al­leged par­ti­cip­a­tion in a multistate cred­it card fraud scheme. Colon was ar­res­ted in New Jer­sey on nu­mer­ous theft-re­lated charges earli­er this year, but was al­lowed to make bail and fled that jur­is­dic­tion, fed­er­al agents claim.

Colon has ties to the Phil­adelphia area and pre­vi­ously lived on the 6600 block of Jack­son St. in Ta­cony, the 4800 block of Ox­ford Ave. in Frank­ford and the 4200 block of N. Amer­ic­an St. in North Philly.

He has nu­mer­ous pri­or ar­rests in Phil­adelphia, court re­cords show, in­clud­ing a June 29, 2009, bust for drug deal­ing and drug pos­ses­sion. With that case pending, Colon al­legedly skipped bail in Novem­ber 2009, when a Mu­ni­cip­al Court judge is­sued a bench war­rant for Colon’s ar­rest.

Colon re­sur­faced last May, when he suc­cess­fully pe­ti­tioned Judge Frank Palumbo to lift the bench war­rant. But Colon again failed to ap­pear for a pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing on Sept. 22, prompt­ing Judge Ger­ard A. Kos­in­ski to is­sue a new bench war­rant for Colon, court re­cords show.

In Feb­ru­ary 2009, Colon was ar­res­ted in Phil­adelphia for iden­tity theft and for­gery-re­lated charges, but the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice with­drew pro­sec­u­tion that Novem­ber and Colon walked.

He was ar­res­ted for simple tres­passing in Novem­ber 2007 and car­ry­ing fire­arms in pub­lic and without a li­cense in Decem­ber 2006, but beat both cases against him.

While still a ju­ven­ile in Oc­to­ber 1999, Colon was charged with mul­tiple counts of at­temp­ted murder, ag­grav­ated as­sault, rob­bery, theft, weapons vi­ol­a­tions and re­lated crimes. Be­cause of Colon’s age, the case ended up in Fam­ily Court, where Judge Joseph Bruno up­held one at­temp­ted murder count and one ag­grav­ated as­sault count, but dis­missed the rest of the most ser­i­ous charges.

The fi­nal dis­pos­i­tion of the case is not avail­able pub­licly be­cause of Fam­ily Court con­fid­en­ti­al­ity reg­u­la­tions.

In Colon’s cur­rent iden­tity theft case, he is ac­cused of pos­ing as an em­ploy­ee of a util­ity com­pany and con­tact­ing util­ity cus­tom­ers to ob­tain their cred­it card in­form­a­tion. He would use the stolen ac­count in­form­a­tion to buy pesti­cides via the In­ter­net and tele­phone from com­pan­ies in Geor­gia, Texas and else­where, au­thor­it­ies say.

Colon would then re­sell the pesti­cides at a store in Phil­adelphia, ac­cord­ing to fed­er­al in­vest­ig­at­ors, who do not be­lieve that Colon’s activ­it­ies have a con­nec­tion to ter­ror­ist activ­it­ies.

He is charged in New Jer­sey with cred­it card fraud, ag­grav­ated iden­tity theft and con­spir­acy.

Colon is also known by the nick­names “Mike” and “Ju­nito.” He is known to carry a gun. He is 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has nu­mer­ous tat­toos on his en­tire body, in­clud­ing stars on his neck, a large im­age of Je­sus Christ on his chest and a large cross on his back.

Colon has ties to Uni­on City, N.J., and East Lans­ing, Mich., in ad­di­tion to Phil­adelphia.

Re­port in­form­a­tion about Colon by call­ing the FBI in Ne­wark at 1-973-792-3000. ••

Re­port­er Wil­li­am Kenny can be reached at 215-354-3031 or wkenny@bsmphilly.com

You can reach at wkenny@bsmphilly.com.

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