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For Immediate Release

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December 01, 2009 Western Michigan - Steve Hetherington (616) 456-2438;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Armed Rapist, Most Wanted Sex Offender Captured

Grand Rapids, MI - The U.S. Marshals and the Grand Rapids Police Department announce the arrest of James Jamar Harris on December 1st, 2009. Harris was charged with a seven count felony warrant by the Grand Rapids Police Department on 11/06/2009. The charges include 2 counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct, 1st Degree, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, armed home invasion, felon in possession of a firearm, felony firearm, and failing to register as a sex offender.

Harris is charged with raping a teenage victim at gunpoint in early November of 2009 in Southeast Grand Rapids after breaking into the victimís home. Harris allegedly assaulted another victim at gun-point in an earlier incident. Harris is also an unregistered, convicted sex offender who was on the Michigan State Policeís Most Wanted Unregistered Sex Offender list. Harris was convicted of CSC 2nd Degree, person under 13, in Kent County on 10/27/1999 and was sentenced to 2-to-15 years in prison in that case. He was discharged from parole on 05/25/2009.

The Marshals Fugitive Task Force adopted the case in early November and a fugitive investigation was conducted. Investigators on the Task Force discovered that Harris was frequenting the area of College and Elliott Streets in Grand Rapids and set up surveillance on a residence in the 400 block of Elliott SE. Investigators surrounded the residence as Harris attempted to flee out the back door. He fled back inside the house after seeing officers outside. Members of the Task Force, the Grand Rapids Police Department, and a canine unit from the Grand Rapids Police Department took Harris into custody without incident inside the residence a short time later.

Harris is currently being housed at the Kent County Jail awaiting trial on his numerous felony charges.