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For Immediate Release

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January 29, 2014 Daniel Leyva, Deputy U.S. Marshal - Tucson (520) 209-0935
Detroit Child Porn Fugitive Arrested In Arizona

Tucson, AZ – Yesterday afternoon, Michael Mazel, age 34, was arrested on 1-10 near Eloy, Ariz. during a high risk vehicle stop. U.S. Marshals in Tucson advised the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Border Patrol Mazel was believed to be traveling west bound on I-10 between Tucson and Phoenix. Shortly thereafter, a Department of Public Safety patrol officer and Border Patrol agent observed a dark colored sport utility vehicle matching the description of Mazels’ being driven westbound towards Phoenix. The vehicle was stopped and Mazel was arrested without incident. A search of Mazel revealed a hidden handcuff key on his person along with a weapon in his vehicle. Investigators learned Mazel was possibly intending to flee to Mexico prior to his apprehension. Mazel was wanted by the U.S. Marshals led Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team in the Eastern District of Michigan for failure to appear. The charges are based on a February 2013 arrest in Michigan for receipt, distribution, and possession of child pornography. Mazel was released on bond and eventually convicted of the charges. Mazel appeared for all of his court hearings. However, the day before his sentencing scheduled on January 21, 2014, Mazel removed his electronic bracelet and fled the area. Mazel is facing a possible 12-year sentence for the child pornography charge as well as possible new charges for failure to appear and possession of a firearm.

Deputy U.S. Marshals in Michigan were assigned the fugitive investigation shortly after Mazel fled and began to coordinate the fugitive investigation with various law enforcement agencies. Deputies discovered through investigative methods Mazel had associates in the State of Georgia therefore shifting personnel and resources in that direction, only to find that Mazel had fled Georgia the day prior. Deputies also learned Mazel was possibly traveling with survival equipment and was able to live in many different environments. The investigation continued and after several interviews and hours of investigative research, deputies determined Mazel was traveling in his vehicle and had stopped in El Paso, Texas.

Deputy U.S. Marshals from Tucson took custody of Mazel where he will remain pending his extradition back to the Eastern District of Michigan. Mazel was seen this afternoon by a federal judge for his initial appearance.

The United States Marshals service works tirelessly to apprehend offenders that prey on our children,” said David Gonzales, United States Marshal for the District of Arizona. “This arrest was a team effort encompassing many different agencies from four states.”

The federal, state, and local agencies that comprise the Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force (Tucson Metro Division) include: U.S. Marshals Service; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Arizona Department of Public Safety; Pima County Adult Probation Office; Arizona Department of Corrections; Tucson Police Department; U.S. Border Patrol; Pima County Sheriff’s Department; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

"The United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all other federal agencies combined.

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

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