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For Immediate Release

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February 28, 2011 DUSM Dewaine Allen, Western District of Arkansas -
Fayetteville Division (479) 695-7000
Former Law Enforcement Officer Arrested on Rape Charges
Gary Wilson Fugitive Case Closed

Fayetteville, AR – Long sought after fugitive Gary Wilson, 42, was arrested in Oklahoma on Friday, February 25, 2011, by local authorities. Wilson was arrested at a residence located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, which is located in Cherokee County, Oklahoma. Members of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the Eastern Oklahoma U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force arrested Wilson.

Investigators were conducting an unrelated investigation in Tahlequah and found Wilson in the residence. Wilson was wanted on rape charges stemming from an investigation conducted by the Arkansas State Police. The arrest marks the end of a nearly four-month long fugitive investigation led by the U.S. Marshals Service Western Arkansas Fugitive Task Force.

Following a criminal investigation by the Arkansas State Police surrounding the rape of a minor female, a state warrant was issued on November 5, 2010, for Gary Wilson, a former deputy with Washington County Sheriff’s Office. In mid-November, the Arkansas State Police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistants of the Western Arkansas Fugitive Task Force in apprehending Wilson. According to Deputy Allen, “Wilson was considered armed and dangerous, predominately due to his former law enforcement experience.” Gary Wilson was wanted for more than three-months, and the U.S. Marshals Service and the Western Arkansas Fugitive Task Force exhausted hundreds of man-hours on the case. “Leads were sent to several districts throughout the United States, and countless interviews were conducted,” Allen said.

Wilson had knowledge of law enforcement tactics and procedures. This knowledge may or may not have been what allowed Wilson to elude capture, until his arrest on Friday. While the task force put significant effort, time, and monies into apprehending Wilson, his arrest came as a result of an unrelated investigation being conducted by authorities in Oklahoma. According to Allen, “while the task force here in Western Arkansas would enjoy the credit for the capture, the arrest came at a time when we were working other aspects of the fugitive case. Our Oklahoma counterparts deserve credit for the arrest.”

Oklahoma authorities located Wilson in a residence in Cherokee County, where he (Wilson) initially used an alias to identify himself. Authorities confirmed Wilson’s correct name and he was arrested without incident. Wilson is being held in Cherokee County, Oklahoma awaiting extradition back to Arkansas where he will face his charges. According to Allen, “this is just another classic example of why it doesn’t pay to flee when you’re charged with a crime. Everyone gets caught. It’s just a matter of time until law enforcement catches up to you.” The fugitive case against Wilson is closed, and his state rape case will proceed in Washington County upon his extradition to Arkansas.

The fugitive task force located in Northwest Arkansas is but a part of larger U. S. Marshals Service district fugitive task force in Western Arkansas. The Western Arkansas Fugitive Task Force is comprised of many local law enforcement agencies representing county and city agencies throughout Western Arkansas.

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 90,800 state and local fugitives and more than 36,400 federal fugitives.

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

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