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For Immediate Release

December 23, 2009 DUSM Matt Hershey, District of Arizona
U.S. Marshals Arrest Man Sought for Parental Kidnapping

Phoenix, AZ – A Phoenix man sought for the Parental Kidnapping of his nine year-old daughter was arrested this morning by members of the U.S. Marshals-led Child Predator Apprehension Team (CPAT), and Detectives with the Tempe Police Department at a residence in the area of 19th Ave and Southern in Phoenix.

Earl Nelson, 35, was wanted by the Schenectady (New York) Police Department after it was alleged that Nelson traveled from Phoenix to New York on December 21, 2009, kidnapped his nine year-old daughter from her mother, and returned to Phoenix. Detectives with the Schenectady Police Department contacted Deputy U.S. Marshals in Albany, NY and requested assistance in locating and arresting Nelson, as well as returning the kidnapped child to her mother. During the short fugitive investigation, information had been received that indicated that Nelson may have been trying to leave the United States and this information was quickly passed onto members of the Phoenix based CPAT. Early this morning, Deputy U.S. Marshals and Tempe PD Detectives established surveillance on Nelson’s residence and after a short period of time arrested Nelson without incident. The kidnapped child was released to a family friend until the mother arrived from New York.

United States Marshal David Gonzales praised the work of Deputies and law enforcement officers adding, “The United States Marshals Service has a special relationship with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and we along with our state and local partners will continue to use every available resource in locating children who are the true victims of these crimes.”

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