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For Immediate Release

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October 31, 2013 Scott Williams, U.S. Marshals Service
Deputy U.S. Marshal/Public Information Officer
Western District of Texas – El Paso Division (915) 534-6779
Cross Country Sex Assault Suspect Arrested in Florida
“Long Arm of the Law Results in Arrest of El Paso Fugitive”

LSFTF LogoEl Paso, TX – Edwin Tyrone Flagg, 60, of El Paso, was arrested by members of the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (FRFTF) in Jacksonville, Florida yesterday without incident. Flagg was being sought by the El Paso Police Department (EPPD) for his alleged involvement in the sexual assault of a child.

In April, 2013, the El Paso Police Department initiated an investigation into allegations that Flagg sexually assaulted a young child. In May, 2013, an arrest warrant was subsequently issued for Flagg by the EPPD. Flagg became aware of the warrant and fled the El Paso area. In July 2013, Flagg was featured on Crime Stoppers of El Paso most wanted.

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force initiated an investigation and determined that Flagg was traveling from Texas to Florida and possibly living at homeless shelters along the way. Members of the task force, through investigative efforts, determined that Flagg was hiding out in Jacksonville, Florida. Members of the FRFTF, in conjunction with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and the Veterans Administration Police, conducted surveillance on several locations purported to have ties to Flagg. Task force members eventually identified Flagg at one of the locations and apprehended him without incident.

Flagg will remain in the Duval County Jail pending is extradition to El Paso, Texas. He is being held on a $150,000.00 bond.

Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, states, “The relentless investigation conducted by our task force led to this fugitive being apprehended across the country. Our task force remains dedicated to locating and apprehending the worst of the worst, no matter where they attempt to flee.”

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force: El Paso Police Department, El Paso Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States Border Patrol, Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Office of the Inspector General, Texas Department of Public Safety, El Paso District Attorney’s Office and the United States Marshals Service

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

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