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For Immediate Release

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May 12, 2009 Southern District of Ohio
Deputy U.S. Marshal Brian Babtist (614) 469-5540
U.S. Marshals' SOFAST Team Moved Quickly to Take Alleged Rapist off the Streets
Newark, OH – Luis Sanchez Jr., age 21, was arrested this morning by the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) and the Newark Police Department. SOFAST is a team of law enforcement officers led by the United States Marshals Service. Sanchez was arrested at a house on West Harrison Street in Newark, Ohio, without incident.

An arrest warrant for Sanchez was issued in Springfield, Massachusetts on May 11, 2009 for Rape of a Child, Distributing Obscene Material to a Minor, two counts of Enticing a Child Under 16, Indecent Exposure, and Assault and Battery on a Child Under 14. According to investigators, the offenses took place on April 30, 2008. Sanchez will be returned to Springfield to answer to all charges.

“SOFAST made it a top priority to take this alleged sex offender off the streets because of the danger to other victims,” said Deputy U.S. Marshal Brian Babtist.

SOFAST is a multi-agency fugitive apprehension team that is comprised of the following law enforcement agencies in the Columbus area: U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus Division of Police, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Grandview Heights Police Department, Grove City Police Department, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, U.S. Department of Agriculture – OIG, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus Division of Fire, Reynoldsburg Police Department, Grandview Heights Police Department, Lancaster Police Department, and the Worthington Police Department.

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