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November 19, 2008
James Wahlrab, U.S. Marshal (937)
Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team
Celebrates One Year Anniversary in Dayton
James M. Wahlrab, United States Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio,
announced the successful one year anniversary in October 2008 of the
Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) in Dayton, Ohio.
SOFAST is a U.S. Marshals lead fugitive task force comprised of deputies and
officers from 20 local and state law enforcement agencies and covers the
greater Miami Valley which includes Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami,
Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby counties.
SOFAST has made a tremendous impact by arresting the area’s most wanted
fugitives. Over the past year, SOFAST has arrested 895 fugitives, clearing
more than 1,191 federal and state felony warrants and 250 misdemeanor
warrants. The task force is also responsible for taking more than 56
firearms off the streets and various amounts of illegal narcotics. U.S.
Marshal Wahlrab credits the success of SOFAST to the outstanding dedication
and commitment of the officers and deputies serving on the strike team and
the leadership of the participating agencies heads for their commitment of
manpower and resources.
Dayton Police Chief Richard S. Biehl stated: “On January 10, 2008, the City
of Dayton renewed its commitment to the collaborative effort with the United
States Marshals Service, the United States Attorney’s Office and other local
and state law enforcement agencies in the Southern Ohio Fugitive
Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST). This multi-agency task force has worked
tirelessly at taking violent fugitives off the streets of Dayton and
surrounding communities. This year in Dayton alone, over 200 fugitives have
been apprehended by members of SOFAST. The Dayton Police Department and the
citizens of Dayton can rightfully take great pride in the efforts and
dedication of the members of SOFAST at having a profound impact on making
the streets of Dayton and the Miami Valley safer.”
With a year’s worth of experience and more agencies continuing to join the
task force, SOFAST is looking forward to an even more successful second
year. U.S. Marshal Wahlrab noted that although SOFAST is receiving
significant media attention and recognition for their accomplishments, it is
the community that is receiving the greatest benefit. “With this many
fugitives being taken off the streets, the community should feel comfortable
knowing that a large team of men and women, dedicated to making their
communities safe, are doing everything they can to bring wanted fugitives to
justice. They should be commended for a job well done,” Wahlrab said.
Some of the more notable apprehensions by SOFAST include John Chapman who
was wanted by the Ohio Adult Parole for violations of parole after being
convicted for conspiracy and drug trafficking. He had been on the run since
1991. When Chapman was apprehended at the Wilmington residence he was
renting, he had numerous false IDs, drugs, and $60,000 in cash.
Another fugitive caught by SOFAST was Raymond McDaniel who was wanted by the
Dayton Police Department for Felonious Assault with a Deadly Weapon. After
receiving information about McDaniel’s whereabouts, task force officers
surrounding the Dayton apartment complex where they believed he was staying.
When McDaniel realized there was no way out, he surrendered without
incident. Upon searching the apartment, task force officers found a large
quantity of drugs, 5 weapons and over $8,000 cash.
SOFAST has been especially active in Springfield and Clark County. Clark
County Sheriff Gene Kelly stated, “I believe our participation with the
SOFAST task force has had a direct impact on crime in the county. Crime is
down over 9% this year alone.” According to U.S. Marshal Wahlrab this is a
familiar comment by all of our local sheriffs and police chiefs. “SOFAST is
working and we intend to keep the heat on fugitives in the area,” Wahlrab
SOFAST in the Miami Valley area is comprised of the following federal,
state, and local law enforcement agencies: United States Marshals Service,
U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S.
Department of Agriculture, OIG, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Clark County
Sheriff’s Office, Darke County Sheriff’s Office, Preble County Sheriff’s
Office, Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Greene County Prosecutor’s Office,
Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office, Dayton Police Department, German
Township Police Department, Germantown Police Department, Greenville Police
Department, Miamisburg Police Department, Moraine Police Department, New
Lebanon Police Department, Perry Township Police Department, Springfield
Police Department, Trotwood Police Department
The U.S. Marshals Service is America’s first federal law enforcement agency
and each year arrests more fugitives than all other federal law enforcement
agencies combined. For more information about the U.S. Marshals Service,
please visit www.usmarshals.gov.