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For Immediate Release

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June 23, 2011

Ben Segotta,

Deputy U.S. Marshal

District of New Mexico

(505) 462-2330 

New Mexico Fugitive Caught in Minnesota

Albuquerque, NM -  William Cook was arrested by Deputy United States Marshals in Buffalo, Minnesota on Wednesday, June 22, 2011.  Cook was a District of New Mexico fugitive who failed to appear for his sentencing May 23, 2011 after being convicted of 16 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children including distribution, manufacturing and Possession of Child Pornography.

 

The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office investigated the criminal charges against Cook.  After he absconded to avoid his prison sentence, a fugitive investigation was subsequently conducted by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office and the United States Marshals Service.  Investigators from the three agencies developed information that Cook had fled to Minnesota. The United States Marshals in the District of New Mexico forwarded the information to the Marshals Service deputies in the District of Minnesota.  Cook was successfully apprehended and is awaiting extradition back to New Mexico where he will begin his sentence. 

 

Conrad E. Candelaria, United States Marshal for the District of New Mexico said, “The apprehension of this sexual predator not only serves as a great example of a successful collaboration between federal and local partners, but shows the long arm of the law is capable of reaching across the country to make all of our communities safer.” 

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

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