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For Immediate Release

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May 15, 2013 Chris Bozeman, Lone Star Fugitive Task Force
Deputy U.S. Marshal/Public Information Officer (PIO)
Western District of Texas – San Antonio (210) 271-2507
Local Fugitive Captured On International Soil
Collaborative Investigation Expels Fugitive To Face Sexual Assault Charges

LSFTF LogoSan Antonio, TX – Shilo Watts, 38, was arrested this morning by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in Washington, D.C. An arrest warrant was issued for Watts pursuant to an investigation by the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office, where it is alleged that Watts committed aggravated sexual assault of a child.

In January of this year, The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force was contacted by the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office for assistance in locating and apprehending Watts. Task force officers initiated an investigation and determined that Watts had previously fled to the Sultanate of Oman, an Arab country in southwest Asia, just south of Dubai on the Arabian Peninsula. Task force officers coordinated investigative activities with the United States Marshals Service Investigative Operations Division, United States Department of State, and their Omani law enforcement counterparts. Members of the Royal Oman Police were able to locate and detain Watts. Watts, a United States citizen, was presented before an Omani immigration judge and determined to have no legal status to remain in the country. Watts was expelled from the Sultanate of Oman and turned over to the custody of the United States Marshals Service. Watts was formally arrested by the members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in Washington, D.C. and transported to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Adult Detention Center.

Watts is currently being held in custody without bond and awaiting extradition to Atascosa County.

On January 11, 2013, Watts was indicted by Grand Jury in Atascosa County on allegations of committing aggravated sexual assault of a child. A warrant for his arrest was issued soon after and Watts was on fugitive status until he was arrested this morning.

Robert Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, states, “This is an excellent example of local, state, federal, and international law enforcement agencies working side by side to accomplish one mission…put the criminal behind bars. This also serves as a message to all fugitives. You can run, you can hide, but we will find you.”

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force:

  • New Braunfels Police Department
  • San Antonio Police Department
  • San Antonio Independent School District Police Department
  • Bexar County Sheriff’s Office
  • Comal County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office
  • Bexar County District Attorney’s Office
  • Texas Office of The Attorney General
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Office of the Inspector General
  • U.S. Marshals Service

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

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