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For Immediate Release

Contact:
May 23, 2012 Nathan Lupica
Deputy United States Marshal (937) 225-2917;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals SOFAST Task Force Arrests Dayton Sexual Assault Suspect

Patrick Sedoti, United States Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio, announced today that Kevin Collins has been arrested. On 05/23/2012, Kevin Collins, 31 years old, was arrested by the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) in Columbus, OH. Collins was wanted by the Dayton Police Department for Gross Sexual Imposition of a Child Under 13 Years of Age and 6 counts of Sexual Battery.

When warrants were issued for Collins’ arrest on 3/22/2012, it is believed that he immediately fled the Dayton area in an attempt to evade law enforcement. Due to the nature of the alleged crimes committed and young age of the victims, the case was given the highest priority by the U.S. Marshals led Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST). After months of investigation, SOFAST was able to locate Collins in a house in Columbus early this afternoon. SOFAST officers quickly surrounded the house where they believed Collins had been hiding. Shortly after officers called out for Collins to exit the house, he walked out the front door and surrendered to the SOFAST team.

U.S. Marshal Patrick Sedoti stated, “Through cooperative efforts such as SOFAST, we will continue to track down the dangerous fugitives who prey on the most vulnerable members of society – our children”.

SOFAST in the Miami Valley area is comprised of the following federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies: United States Marshals Service, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Greene County Prosecutor’s Office, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Dayton Police Department, Greenville Police Department, Springfield Police Department, Wright State Police Department, Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI), Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Springboro Police Department.

The U.S. Marshals Service was America’s first federal law enforcement agency and each year arrests more fugitives than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined.

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

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