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For Immediate Release

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January 05, 2012 Eastern District of California
Deputy Frank Newsom (916) 417-0239
America’s Most Wanted Arrested in Bakersfield, California

Bakersfield, CA – The U.S. Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force (PSWRFTF) Fresno Division arrested 24 year old Michael Randolph Fritz in Bakersfield, California. Fritz was wanted in connection with the rape of a 13 year old girl in 2008.

In June of 2008 Fritz was living in Kelso, Washington and working at a local street sweeper and sanitation company. Fritz allegedly during that time raped and molested the 13-year-old daughter of a friend. The victim’s mother soon realized that something was wrong with her daughter when she found her crying. The Kelso Police Department was contacted and an investigation was opened.

In December of 2008 a warrant was issued from Cowlitz County Superior Court in Washington for Fritz on 2 counts of Molestation of a Minor. Once the search began for Fritz he fled from the area to avoid capture and was soon thereafter featured on the series America’s Most Wanted.

Recently the international manhunt for Fritz intensified and the U.S. Marshals Service was asked to assist in locating Fritz. A tip was provided to America’s Most Wanted that Fritz was living in the Bakersfield area. This afternoon U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officer’s converged on a location in the 7000 block of District Boulevard in Bakersfield. During surveillance Task Force members observed Fritz attempting to leave in a vehicle at which point they surrounded and arrested Fritz without incident.

Fritz was booked into the Kern County Jail awaiting extradition to Washington.

U.S. Marshal Albert Najera of the Eastern District of California stated “The United States Marshals Service and America’s Most Wanted have formed a powerful alliance against crime in this country. The perpetrator of this most heinous crime may not have been brought to justice without the extraordinary power of the media. America’s Most Wanted is one of the best crime fighting partners the United States Marshals Service could hope to have.”

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

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