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  • October 15, 2014 - Yesterday morning, homicide suspect Cedric Miller was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals led Violent Offender Task Force at the Pima County Superior Courthouse in downtown Tucson.
  • May 16, 2014 - U.S. Marshals and Tohono O’odham Police Department wrapped up a two day sex offender compliance operation that started yesterday and concluded today. The compliance operation was a combined effort consisting of various tribal, local, state and federal agencies ensuring sex offenders residing on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation are complying with sex offender registration laws.
  • March 15, 2014 - From March 10-14, the U.S. Marshals Service in Arizona led Operation Southern Star III, a law enforcement operation targeting violent fugitives with outstanding felony warrants issued out of Pima, Graham and Cochise Counties in Arizona. These warrants included offenses for violent crimes to include narcotic violations.
  • February 01, 2014 - Salvador Ibarra was arrested at the U.S. Border Patrol check point located south of Tucson on Interstate 19. Deputies assigned to the U.S. Marshals led Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force received information from the San Diego Fugitive Task Force requesting assistance after information was developed and put Ibarra in southern Arizona.
  • January 29, 2014 - Yesterday afternoon, Michael Mazel was arrested in Eloy, Ariz. during a high risk vehicle stop. Mazel was wanted by the U.S. Marshals led Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team in the Eastern District of Michigan for failure to appear. The charges are based on a February 2013 arrest in Michigan for receipt, distribution, and possession of child pornography.
  • January 15, 2014 - Yesterday evening, U.S. Marshals and Kansas City Police apprehended double homicide suspect, Michael Dwayne Leday. Leday is alleged to have killed Patrick Balbastro and Cindy Burnett as well as critically injuring Balbastro’s girlfriend with Balbastro's vehicle.
  • November 21, 2013 - 15 Most Wanted Capture - Cameron Leezell Taylor was taken into custody by Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers at an apartment complex in Phoenix, Arizona. Taylor was wanted by the Phoenix Police Department on allegations of attempted murder, aggravated assault, endangerment, assisting a criminal street gang and a drive-by shooting.
  • September 20, 2013 - Dennis Marklin Foster was arrested abroad after several months of running from law enforcement officials as fugitive from justice. In 1985, Foster faced a felony conviction of sexual contact with a minor and was sentenced to a term in prison, in addition to sex offender registration requirements.
  • August 22, 2013 - This morning, convicted sex offender Jereal Lee Turner was arrested by Deputy U.S. Marshals and investigators with the U.S. Marshals led Violent Offender Task Force in Tucson.
  • August 10, 2013 - Thomas Ruben Velarde was returned back to the United States and into the hands of awaiting Deputy U.S. Marshals and detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Velarde was deported by Mexican law enforcement officials through the Nogales Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona. Velarde is a known street gang member and has been wanted for a homicide that killed one man and wounded two others.
  • June 05, 2013 - The 29th Annual Policia International Sonora-Arizona Conference (PISA) will be held this week in Tempe, Ariz. This annual international conference will reunite law enforcement agencies from all jurisdictional levels in the United States and Mexico. From June 5-7, attendees will gather at the Marriott Phoenix Tempe at the Buttes to address various law enforcement related issues plaguing both sides of our countries borders.
  • June 01, 2013 - Deputy U.S. Marshals extradited David Soto-Cecena from the Republic of Mexico. He was booked into the Pima County Jail pending his next court hearing. Soto-Cecena is wanted in Pima County for the charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child. In September 2010, a warrant was issued for the sex offense after Soto-Cecena allegedly abused his child.
  • May 15, 2013 - John Paul Anderson was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service-led Child Predator Apprehension Team in Maricopa, AZ. Anderson was wanted by the Philadelphia Police Department for failing to register as a sex offender. Additionally, Anderson was considered to be one of Pennsylvania’s “Most Wanted Megan’s Law Offenders”.
  • May 15, 2013 - Deputy U.S. Marshals and task force officers with the U.S. Marshals Service led Violent Offender Task Force in Tucson, located and apprehended Juan Carlos Sanchez. Before today, Sanchez was one of Colorado’s Top 100 Most Wanted Sex Offenders.
  • April 25, 2013 - Jesse Anthony Saenz was arrested by the U.S. Marshals led Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force in Phoenix, AZ. Saenz was wanted by the Vernal City Police Department in Utah for violating the conditions of his release.
  • March 26, 2013 - Yesterday afternoon, Troy Shawn Meyers was arrested by Deputy U.S. Marshals in Phoenix. Meyers was wanted by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana for Murder.
  • March 22, 2013 - From March 19 through 21, the United States Marshals Service in Arizona led Operation Southern Star II, a law enforcement operation targeting fugitives with outstanding felony warrants issued out of Graham and Cochise County in Arizona. These warrants included offenses for violent crimes and narcotic violations.
  • February 26, 2013 - On January 8, 2013, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office in Port Angeles, WA, responded to an armed robbery. Allegedly, Jennifer Marie Brady had lured an acquaintance to a hotel room, where Brady’s accomplices robbed him of his valuables and vehicle. Brady was arrested in the incident and later released on bond, pending further court appearances. Brady failed to appear as promised, however, and a warrant for her arrest was subsequently issued.
  • January 24, 2013 - The U.S. Marshals Service hosted a free training seminar for their law enforcement partners. The training served to educate and inform law enforcement officers on the use and prevalence of Patron Saints in the drug underworld. Presented by U.S. Marshal Robert Almonte from the Western District of Texas, this seminar accommodated approximately 260 members of law enforcement throughout the state of Arizona.
  • December 14, 2012 - From December 11-13, 2012, the U.S. Marshals Service in Arizona along with other State, Local and federal law enforcement agencies conducted “Operation Grinch Stopper.” This fugitive enforcement operation targeted those wanted for crimes which historical increase during the holidays to include robbery, burglary, theft, larceny and other related stolen property crimes.
  • November 29, 2012 - Pittsburgh homicide suspect, Jarrell Anthony Liddell, was arrested yesterday in Tucson by members of the U.S. Marshals led Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force. Information was developed by U.S. Marshals in the Western District of Pennsylvania which revealed Liddell may have been residing in Arizona using his brother’s identity. The information gathered by authorities in Pittsburgh was immediately forwarded to the U.S. Marshals in Tucson.
  • April 23, 2012 - From April 16-20, Phoenix valley law enforcement partners collaborated on “Operation Justice IV”, a one week round-up of wanted felons in honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Operation Justice netted valley law enforcement partners 251 fugitives wanted throughout Maricopa and Pinal Counties. In addition to arresting these fugitives, 16 weapons were taken off the streets.
  • February 17, 2012 - U.S. Marshals Service personnel in Los Angeles arrested Teddy Spaugy upon his arrival from Panama City, Panama following his ordered expulsion. Spaugy was being sought by the Arizona Department of Public Safety-Capitol Police District and the U.S. Marshals led Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force pursuant to an active warrant on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and dangerous crimes against children.
  • February 14, 2012 - Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers assigned to the U.S. Marshals led Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force arrested Robert Franz at a truck stop near 339th Ave and Van Buren Rd in Buckeye. Franz was wanted by the Pampa, TX Police Department for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.
  • October 29, 2011 - Deputy U.S. Marshals coordinated the arrest and return of Michael Jefferson, 28, from Los Alogodones, Baja California, Mexico. Jefferson was subsequently arrested by American authorities at the Calexico U.S. Port of Entry in California. Jefferson was wanted by the Chandler Police Department after having been charged with numerous crimes including, Illegal Control of an Enterprise, Money Laundering, Fraudulent Schemes, Taking the ID of Another and Trafficking the Identity of Another.
  • October 06, 2011 - The United States Marshals Service, District of Arizona, will be holding an auction of numerous vehicles forfeited to the United States Government. The auction will be held at Apple Towing at the address listed below on Saturday, October 8, 2011 starting at 9:00 a.m. The public may preview these vehicles at Apple Towing on Friday, October 7, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
  • June 16, 2011 - Yesterday afternoon, Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers assigned to the Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force arrested Terrence Cram at a residence in the area of Yuma Rd and Sarival Ave in Goodyear. Cram was wanted by the Kentucky State Police for Murder. It is alleged that in January 2011 Cram used a blunt object, striking the 49 year old female victim in the head, which resulted in her death.
  • February 08, 2011 - Early this morning, Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania captured Harry Hayman, 42, at a residence in Philadelphia.  Hayman was wanted by the Glendale Police Department for numerous charges including three (3) counts of Sexual Abuse, Six (6) counts of Indecent Exposure, three (3) counts of Public Sexual Indecency, and eight (8) counts of Assault. 
  • January 02, 2011 - Members of the United States Marshals Violent Offender Task Force captured Walter Furrh, 51, in Phoenix, AZ. Walter Furrh was wanted by the Tucson Police Department for Robbery. Furrh, whom authorities dubbed the “Manila Bandit”, is alleged to have robbed numerous banks around the Tucson area from July 2010 to December 2010. Furrh was called the “Manila Bandit” because it is alleged that he would present the teller a manila envelope and demand that the money be placed in the envelope during some of the robberies.
  • November 04, 2010 - Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers assigned to the Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force captured Justin Wasinger, 21, at a residence in Mesa, AZ. On October 31, 2010, a warrant was issued by the Arapahoe County District Court for the arrest of Justin Wasinger. Wasinger is wanted by the Glendale, Colorado Police Department for First Degree Kidnapping, Assault in the Second Degree, Robbery, False Imprisonment and Conspiracy.
  • August 12, 2010 - Effective today, the public affairs officer for the ASP Kingman Escapees Task Force will prepare a daily briefing at 10:00 am PST to provide the latest information available. The briefing for Thursday, August 12, 2010 is as follows: Task Force officers continue to focus investigative efforts in western Arkansas, western Montana, and in various other locations around the United States. The last credible sighting of McCluskey and Welch was August 6, 2010 in Billings Montana.
  • August 11, 2010 - Information developed indicates John Charles McCluskey and Casslyn Welch have changed their appearance. McCluskey has black hair and a black beard. Welch has dyed her hair blonde. Investigators are concentrating their search in Western Montana and Southwest Canada.
  • August 09, 2010 - An escaped murderer from an Arizona prison was apprehended this morning in Park County, Wyo. Tracy Province, 42, was arrested today at 6:20 a.m., in Meeteetse, Wyo., by U.S. Marshals and the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Department after being observed walking through town.
  • August 08, 2010 - Recent information developed indicates the prison escapees and their accomplice may be in the Yellowstone Park area. John Charles McCluskey, age 45, Tracy Province, age 42, and Daniel Renwick, age 35, escaped from the Arizona State Prison at Kingman on July 30, 2010. Casslyn Welch, age 43, is believed to have assisted them in the escape. On August 1, 2010, Daniel Renwick was arrested in Rifle, Colorado after a brief car chase and firing a weapon at a pursuing police vehicle.
  • February 17, 2010 - This morning, a convicted child molester who fled his residence in Scottsdale, was arrested in California. In August 2009, Wesley Bikoff, age 48, removed his ankle monitoring device and left his residence in Scottsdale where he was required to reside as a condition of his Maricopa County probation. Bikoff was placed on probation after his conviction for sexual exploitation of a minor.
  • January 17, 2010 - Early this morning, a convicted child molester who left a men’s shelter in Mesa in August 2009 with three other sex offenders, was returned to the United States after surrendering to authorities in Mexico. In August 2009, Randy Brown, along with Donald Temple, Matthew Ellsworth, and Manual Dominguez left the East Valley Men’s Shelter in Mesa where they were required to reside as a condition of their probation.
  • January 14, 2010 - This afternoon, two convicted child molesters who left a men’s shelter in Mesa in August 2009 were returned to the United States from Mexico. In August 2009, Donald Temple, age 25, and Matthew Ellsworth, age 27, along with Randy Brown and Manual Dominguez left the East Valley Men’s Shelter in Mesa where they were required to reside as a condition of their probation.
  • December 23, 2009 - A Phoenix man sought for the Parental Kidnapping of his nine year-old daughter was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals-led Child Predator Apprehension Team (CPAT), and Detectives with the Tempe Police Department at a residence in Phoenix. Earl Nelson, 35, was wanted by the Schenectady (New York) Police Department after it was alleged that Nelson traveled from Phoenix to New York, kidnapped his nine year-old daughter from her mother, and returned to Phoenix.
  • December 17, 2009 - Last night, an escapee from Tennessee and his wife were arrested by U.S. Marshals in east Phoenix, AZ. Keith Lee Whitling, age 41, and his wife, Melissa Jewel, age 37, were the targets of a drug investigation conducted in Erwin, Tennessee. The couple was allegedly involved in trading OxyContin for marijuana.
  • October 30, 2009 - From October 28-30, Federal, State, and Local law enforcement agencies collaborated on “Operation Safe Treat,” a three day fugitive operation targeting non-compliant sex offenders and those wanted for various other sex related offenses and crimes against children. Operation Safe Treat netted law enforcement 6 arrests.
  • October 25, 2009 - The U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Department of State, Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Phoenix Police Department, members of the Arizona WANTED Task Force arrested Lazar Yousif Lazar as he re-entered the United States . In March 2009 a warrant was issued by the Maricopa County Superior Court for the arrest of Lazar after he failed to appear for court proceedings related to the prior charges of First Degree Murder, Assisting a Criminal Street Gang, Aggravated Assault, and Robbery.
  • July 24, 2009 - Deputy U.S. Marshals and officials from the DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Detention and Removal Operations (ICE-DRO) located Humberto Lerma-Velazco in Bullhead City, Arizona. He was apprehended in a coordinated effort by Bullhead City Police. Humberto Lerma-Velazco, 51, was wanted by authorities in Baja, California, Mexico in connection with a murder that occurred there in October of 2005.
  • May 13, 2009 - Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers from the U.S. Marshals led-Child Predator Apprehension Team (CPAT) arrested Christopher Lyons, 46, in the area of Country Club and Juanita Ave in Mesa. Lyons was wanted by the Arizona Department of Corrections for violating the conditions of his parole, after having been convicted of failing to register as a Sex Offender.

 
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