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November 04, 2010 SDUSM Tom Smith, Western District of Texas-San Antonio (210) 722-0796
Sex Offender Wanted in 2 States Captured in San Antonio by Lone Star Fugitive Task Force
LSFTF LogoSan Antonio, TX – The United States Marshals Service sponsored Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (LSFTF) arrested wanted sex offender Robert Smith today in the 2300 block of Mission Road.

Fugitive Robert Smith was wanted in both Florida and New Mexico for Sex Offender Registration Violations. The 63 year old Smith absconded from Florida authorities and it was eventually discovered he had moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. It wasn’t long before Smith went on the run again. That was when the Bernalillo County New Mexico Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service. Information developed in Albuquerque placed Smith in the San Antonio area. At the request of the USMS in New Mexico, members of the LSFTF begin piecing together the trail left behind by Smith. It was discovered Smith had moved place to place in San Antonio over the last year trying to cover his tracks. LSFTF members learned today Smith moved into a trailer with his fiancé about 2 months ago. This is where LSFTF members caught up with him at approximately 9:15 am and ended his flight from justice.

In July of 2010, the United States Marshals Service announced Operation Guardian. A nationwide initiative targeting the “worst of the worst” sex offenders in each District. Due to the nature of his prior convictions, Smith found himself as an Operation Guardian “Top 5” in the District of New Mexico.

Smith is currently in custody at the Bexar County Jail and will be extradited back to New Mexico and possibly Florida to face his current charges. Smith could be facing an additional Federal Charge of Violations of the Adam Walsh Act.

Robert Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas said, “Sex Offenders need to be held accountable for their crimes. Fugitive sex offenders like the one captured today highlight the necessity of the USMS Violent Offender Task Forces to find them and help keep our communities safe.”

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