Des Moines, IA – A nationwide manhunt for accused sex
offender James Julius Beaudrie ended this morning with the fugitive’s arrest in
The Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, a team of law enforcement officers
led by U.S. Marshals in Chicago, attempted to locate Beaudrie around 7 a.m. this
morning at an apartment complex in Chicago. The location was developed during
the course of the U.S. Marshals’ investigation in Des Moines as a possible
address for Beaudrie’s mother.
Once the arrest team made entry into the apartment, task force officers learned
that Beaudrie had fled through a rear door of the apartment moments earlier in
an apparent attempt to avoid arrest. Following a short search of the area, task
force officers located Beaudrie who was attempting to hide under a stairwell of
the apartment complex. Task force officers arrested Beaudrie without further
Beaudrie was transported to the Chicago Police Department’s central processing
center. He is expected to be transported later today to the Cook County Jail
where he will await extradition back to Iowa.
Beaudrie is wanted by the Des Moines Police Department on eight counts of
third-degree sexual abuse following a six-month investigation into allegations
that he attempted to sexually assault at least one of his nine children. An
arrest warrant was issued for Beaudrie on April 6.
The Des Moines Police Department requested U.S. Marshals assistance when it was
suspected that Beaudrie had fled the state of Iowa. A nationwide manhunt ensued.
On April 13, U.S. Marshals and the Salt Lake City, Utah Police Department
recovered Beaudrie’s abandoned vehicle at a Greyhound Bus Station in Salt Lake
City. On April 17, U.S. Marshals offered a $3500 reward for information leading
to Beaudrie’s arrest.
In all, leads generated through investigation, media coverage, and tips from the
public spanned seven states across the nation including Iowa, Nebraska,
Missouri, Oklahoma, Utah, Arizona, and Oregon. Although the information
developed which led to Beaudrie’s arrest in Chicago was not generated through a
tip from the public, the Des Moines Police Department and the U.S. Marshals wish
to thank the public and the media for their assistance and willingness to come
forward to help law enforcement in Beaudrie’s capture.
The United States Marshals Service currently leads seven regional fugitive task
forces, including the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force in Chicago, and
85 local fugitive task forces, including the Southern Iowa Fugitive Task Force
in Des Moines. The Southern Iowa Fugitive Task Force is made up of law
enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa
Department of Public Safety, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF).
“The cooperative effort of the Des Moines Police Department and the U.S.
Marshals Service, which led to the swift arrest of alleged sex offender James
Julius Beaudrie, is just one example of the importance of strong working
relationships between federal, state, and local law enforcement partners,” said
Michael Bladel, U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Iowa. “We are very
fortunate here in the Southern District of Iowa to have such a relationship with
the Des Moines Police Department and all of our state and local counterparts.”
U.S. Marshals frequently provide assistance and expertise to other federal,
state and local law enforcement agencies in support of a wide range of
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