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For Immediate Release

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August 30, 2010 Deputy Michael J. Picou
Southern District of Ohio, Cincinnati (513) 684-3594
North College Hill Child Rape Suspect Tracked Down in West Virginia

Cincinnati, OH – U.S. Marshal Cathy Jones of the Southern District of Ohio announces the arrest of Jonothan Mapp, Jr. Mapp is charged with multiple counts of rape in Hamilton County, Ohio. He was indicted for allegedly raping a 5-year-old child over a six-year period between 2001 and 2007. Authorities say Mapp is facing up to life in prison if convicted of these charges.

On August 30, the U.S. Marshals led Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST), developed information that Mapp was hiding out in the New Martinsville, WV area. Deputy U.S. Marshals from SOFAST, along with Deputy U.S. Marshals from the Northern District of West Virginia, tracked him to an apartment complex located on North State Route 2 in New Martinsville, WV. Mapp was located in an apartment hiding in the back bedroom. Deputies took him into custody without incident. Mapp is being held at the West Virginia Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville, WV, awaiting extradition back to Hamilton County, Ohio.

U.S. Marshal Jones stated, “The arrest of this subject highlights our commitment to protect the citizens of the Ohio Valley in cooperation with law enforcement from both Ohio and West Virginia.  Often, fugitives feel a false sense of relief when they cross state lines because they do not realize we stand strong together across jurisdictional boundaries.” 

SOFAST is a multi-jurisdictional task force comprised of the U.S. Marshals, Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, U.S. Department of Agriculture OIG, Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, Sharonville Police Department, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

U.S. Marshals are the nation’s primary fugitive hunting organization and capture more federal fugitives each year than all other law enforcement agencies combined.

For more information about the U.S. Marshals Service, visit http://www.usmarshals.gov