Surrenders to U.S. Marshals Task Force
Raymond Ward surrendered to members of the United States Marshals
Service's Cops United Felony Fugitive Enforcement Division
(C.U.F.F.E.D.) Fugitive Task Force this
morning in Charleston, WV. Ward, a 53 year old Boone County
resident, was wanted by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department for
Failure to Appear for trial on several counts of Sexual Assault and
Incest. The warrant for Ward’s arrest was issued in Fayette County
Circuit Court on January 23, 2007. Ward, a former corrections
officer, was convicted in absentia of these charges and faces a
lengthy prison term.
Ward’s Failure to Appear had sparked an exhaustive fugitive
investigation that involved numerous law enforcement agencies and
spanned several counties in West Virginia. These efforts lead to
Ward’s peaceful surrender to Deputy U.S. Marshals this morning.
The United States Marshals Service (USMS) sponsors the C.U.F.F.E.D.
Task Force that includes nineteen state and local agencies who
participate and contribute to the pursuit of the Southern District
of West Virginia’s combined fugitive efforts. Last year, the
participating members were responsible for the closure of 1,039