ALBANY A Queens man wanted since last summer for allegedly beating his 4-year-old stepson was arrested in Albany today by the Albany Division of the U.S. Marshals Service NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force. Sheppard Fernandes, 24, was arrested on charges related to a July 2012 incident in New York City in which it is alleged that he beat a 4-year-old child to the point that the child had to be taken to an emergency room for treatment. Fernandes was arrested in the 100 block of Elberon Place in Albany early this morning.
Detectives from the New York City Police Department and members of the NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force in Brooklyn developed information over the weekend that Fernandes was in the Albany area. The information was forwarded to the Albany Division of the task force and Fernandes was arrested Monday morning, but not after attempting to flee out the back door of the residence on Elberon Place. He was eventually taken into custody without any further incident.
The NYPD had been searching for Fernandes since this past summer when his stepson was hospitalized for internal injuries. There is no known motive for the assault on the young child. He has been on the run since then, and is now also facing questioning regarding two separate robberies.
Fernandes was transported to New York City following his arrest. He will now wait for criminal proceedings to begin on charges of first degree assault.