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For Immediate Release

Contact:
April 21, 2009 Western District of Arkansas
Susan Jones, Task Force Commander (479) 650-2764;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Probation Violator Arrested After Eluding Authorities
Fort Smith, AR - The U.S. Marshals Service, Western Arkansas Sex Offender and Violent Crime Task Force, announce the arrest of Jason Foerster, age 34. At approximately 6:00 p.m. on April 20, 2009, Investigators with the Task Force received a tip indicating Foerster, who was wanted for a Federal Parole Violation resulting in a recent arrest by the Fort Smith Police Department. On March 14, 2009 Foerster was arrested by the Fort Smith Police Department and charged with Robbery, Fleeing, Loitering and Carrying a Weapon. After being release on bond Foerster failed to appear for court.

After eluding the Task Force and the Fort Smith Police Department for approximately one month, the Task Force received a break when a tip was received locating the vehicle of Foerster’s girlfriend Amber Coates at a local motel. Task Force Officers and the Fort Smith Police Department received confirmation that Foerster and Coates were occupants of the motel room. The Task Force Officers and Officers from the Police Department moved in and arrested Foerster and Coates without incident. Foerster was booked into Sebastian County Jail on existing charges, while Amber Coates is being charged with Hindering Apprehension

Deputy U.S. Marshals and officers from the Arkansas Department of Community Correction and Fort Smith Police Department operated as a team in apprehending this fugitive.

Every year, the U.S. Marshals and its associated Task Forces throughout the country arrest more fugitives than all federal law enforcement agencies combined. Last year, this number was more than 73,000 state and local fugitives and more than 36,000 federal fugitives.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.