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U.S. Marshals Service

Central District of California

District News

November 13, 2012 - A major fugitive wanted on outstanding state charges for 12 counts of child molestation has been arrested by a team of law enforcement officers led by U.S. Marshals in Long Beach. Fidel Salmeron was being sought on a warrant issued in Long Beach charging him with 12 counts of child molestation including rape and sodomy by force of a minor under the age of 14 years. Bail was set at 9 million dollars.

September 29, 2011 - Twelve real properties located throughout the Los Angeles area will be sold via a U.S. Marshals auction starting at noon Oct. 12 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel-Beverly Hills; 1150 S. Beverly Dr.; Los Angeles, CA 90035. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. The 12 varied properties include single-family homes, duplexes, a triplex, a mixed-use commercial property and vacant land.

June 23, 2011 - On June 17th, 2011, the United States Marshals Service (USMS) Central District of California (C/CA) Sex Offender Investigator Coordinator (SOIC), Sex Offender Investigator Branch (SOIB), the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force (PSWRFTF) and USMS Special Response Team (SRT) in conjunction with the California Department of Corrections (Parole), Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) REACT K-9 Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department participated in “Operation Safe House.”

April 15, 2009 - The U.S. Marshals announce the capture of Joseph Elias George Ettima, 25, one of the service’s 15 Most Wanted fugitives. Ettima was arrested by Mexican authorities Monday in Mexico City and deported to Los Angeles late last evening.   Ettima was wanted in California in connection with the murder of his grandmother. Along with the homicide charge, he is also wanted for robbery, arson, child endangerment and parole violation. is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice