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November 30, 2012 DUSM Amanda Lyons, District of South Carolina (803) 765-5479
Alleged Idaho Sex Offender “Washed Up” in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, SC - On Thursday, Operation Intercept (OPIN), the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, arrested Charles “Chucky” Vandyke, at a local business on 9th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard, in Myrtle Beach, SC. Vandyke is sought by the Garden City Idaho Police Department for the pending charges of Lewd and Lascivious Acts with a Minor dating back to July 24. Vandyke was “flopping” with a family in Garden City, ID when he was charged with fondling and vaginally penetrating a six (6) year old female.

Vandyke fled to South Carolina after being interviewed by local law enforcement and attempted to blend into the Myrtle Beach area undetected. However, the Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force, OPIN’s counterparts, were hot on his trail. After investigation by Idaho Deputy U.S. Marshals, it was discovered Vandyke had pursued to take refuge with a local spiritual house in Myrtle Beach. Once it was determined Vandyke had trekked across the country to South Carolina, OPIN was contacted for their assistance on November 21.

OPIN began diligently working the case and revealed Vandyke was working at a local beach shop as a store clerk. OPIN conducted surveillance and observed Vandyke working inside a local souvenir shop and affected the arrest without incident. Vandyke was taken to the J. Ruben Long Detention Center in Horry County where he awaits extradition hearings back to Idaho.

“Days of running away from pending charges are over for Vandyke. He failed to realize the U.S. Marshals nationwide would work together to track him down. The heinous acts alleged against Vandyke are of the most serious nature and he should be prepared to face the justice of Idaho. The innocent child victim of this alleged crime may never understand the US Marshals dedication to protect her and other victims, however, Vandyke has seen the hands of law enforcement partnerships reach across the country and bring him to face his charges,” stated Kelvin Washington, U.S. Marshal for the District of South Carolina.

Established in 1789, the United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. In fiscal 2011, the Marshals arrested more than 36,200 federal fugitives, clearing 39,400 felony warrants and arrested 12,144 sex offenders. Marshal’s Service-led task forces like South Carolina’s Operation Intercept arrested 86,400 state and local fugitives, clearing 113,300 felony warrants. Locally, Operation Intercept arrested over 2,500 South Carolina fugitives during that same period.

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

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