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November 14, 2008 Ron Donelson, Supervisory Deputy
Public Affairs Officer, Phone: 540-857-2230
One of 10’s Most Wanted Arrested in Roanoke
Roanoke, VA - A convicted sex offender recently profiled by the Virginia State Police and the U.S. Marshals Service on WSLS-TV’s weekly segment “10’s Most Wanted” was arrested without incident in the 800 block of Day Avenue in Roanoke Wednesday evening. George Raymond Howett, 43, of Roanoke had spent the past twenty years incarcerated in the Virginia Department of Corrections before being released on probation in January of this year. Howett was subject to intense monitoring by the Virginia Probation and Parole division, including being monitored by a tracking device and attending mandatory counseling, however, Howett removed the tracking monitor and fled Roanoke around October 10. The Virginia State Police obtained felony warrants for his arrest.

The Virginia State Police and the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force (CARFTF) based in Roanoke conducted a joint-investigation to locate Howett. On October 23, Howett was profiled by WSLS-TV 10 in Roanoke and the U.S. Marshals as the Fugitive of the Week which prompted numerous calls from the public providing substantial leads to his whereabouts. On November 12, information was garnered that Howett would be returning to the Day Avenue area of Roanoke.

At approximately 6:15 pm, Task Force Officers observed Howett exiting a vehicle in the 800 block of Day Avenue and placed him under arrest without incident. Howett was incarcerated in the Roanoke City Jail pending an appearance on the outstanding felony warrants. The U.S. Marshals Service is also conducting an investigation as to whether Howett violated federal laws under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act which was enacted by Congress in 2006 making some aspects of sex offender violations a federal offense.

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