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November 14, 2013 Eastern District of Virginia (703) 837-5558
U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Captures Sexual Predator Targeting a Minor

Alexandria, VA – U.S. Marshal Robert Mathieson announces the arrest of Jason Rouse. Arrest warrants were issued for 21-year-old Rouse on Oct. 31. Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) wants this suspect on charges of sexual battery of a minor, object sexual penetration of a minor and forcible sodomy.

It is alleged that Rouse targeted a three-month old baby within Fairfax County for these crimes on June 2. On Nov. 4, FCPD requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service’s fugitive task force within the federal Eastern District of Virginia (E/VA) to determine the whereabouts of this suspect. Deputy U.S. Marshals quickly gathered intelligence suggesting that Rouse was residing with a family member on 213th Street in Queens Village, NY.

On Nov. 12, deputies in VA contacted their counterparts in NY for assistance in apprehending Rouse. At approximately 9:45 am this morning, deputies and task force officers (TFOs) observed a person matching the height and weight description of the suspected fugitive exit the Queens Village residence in a jacket and face mask which only showed the person’s eyes. Investigators approached and stopped the person for identification purposes. TFOs identified the person as Rouse and apprehended him without incident. Rouse awaits extradition to Fairfax County.

In response to this capture, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal John Bolen for E/VA stated, “It is all in a day’s work for the U.S. Marshals. We routinely demonstrate that we possess the most rapid and farthest reaching fugitive apprehension capabilities in the world.”

The U.S. Marshals’ led fugitive task force within E/VA is made possible by the collaboration of the U.S. Marshals Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Secret Service, Alexandria Police Department, Virginia State Police, Fairfax County Police Department, Fairfax County Sheriff's Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Diplomatic Security Service.

The task force within the Metropolitan D.C. area was founded in 2004 and, to date, has arrested tens of thousands of fugitives. The success of the task force directly correlates to it being a truly joint endeavor. Each agency brings its unique skills and expertise toward the common goal of pursuing and arresting the worst of the worst.

The U.S. Marshals Service arrested more than 36,000 federal fugitives, 86,700 state and local fugitives, and 11,800 sex offenders in fiscal year 2013. Our investigative network and capabilities allow for the unique ability to track and apprehend any fugitive who attempts to evade police capture, anywhere in the country.

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

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