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For Immediate Release

May 11, 2009 W/TX Lone Star Fugitive Task Force
Hector Gomez, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal(512) 916-5393 office
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Clifford Bart Dunbar, 48, of Austin was arrested over the weekend without incident by the U.S. Marshals in Grand Rapids, Mich. after Dunbar attempted to evade arrest by jumping out of a 3rd floor apartment window. A joint investigation by the Austin Police Department and the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force determined Dunbar was under investigation by Austin Police Department for his alleged involvement in a recent sexual assault. Dunbar was additionally sought by authorities for allegedly violating his Texas parole last month.

In an effort to avoid being arrested by local law enforcement, Dunbar fled the Austin area in mid April. Investigators believed Dunbar was making his way towards Canada in an effort to remain out of the reach of local law enforcement.

Local investigators received information that Dunbar was in Grand Rapids, Mich. and quickly relayed that information to the local U.S. Marshals Service led fugitive task force in Grand Rapids. Investigators interviewed an individual and admitted that Dunbar was in the apartment. As marshals approached, they observed the 3rd floor window open and Dunbar running from the area. Dunbar was quickly apprehended and sent to the local hospital with possible back injuries sustained in his effort to flee law enforcement.

Dunbar was remanded to the custody of the Kent County Detention Center in Grand Rapids, Mich., pending his extradition to Travis County.

LaFayette Collins, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas states, “The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force is committed to using the full resources of the government to hunt down sex offenders who continue to re-offend and place the public in danger.”

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