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For Immediate Release

March 2, 2010 DUSM Brian Babtist, Southern District of Ohio , (614) 469-5540
SOFAST arrests Delaware County Rape suspect
Columbus, Ohio-  Cathy Jones, Acting United States Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio, and Walter L. Davis III, Delaware County Sheriff announces the arrest of William W. HATCHER by the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST).  HATCHER had been wanted by the Delaware County, Ohio Sheriff’s office for two counts of Rape and Sexual Battery based on charges that he gave a juvenile female alcohol and then raped her.   The victim reportedly knew HATCHER prior to the rape which allegedly occurred on December 17, 2009.

SOFAST had only been pursuing HATCHER for a few days since he was indicted on February 26th for the crime.  SOFAST officers say the 38 year old HATCHER was taken into custody without incident at a residence in Milford Center, Ohio which is located in Union County.


“Because of our successful partnership with the U.S. Marshals Service, another wanted person is behind bars,” said Delaware County Sheriff Walter L. Davis III.  “We are committed to working with our partners in law enforcement so we can quickly and effectively take criminals off our streets and protect the public we serve.”

Columbus SOFAST is a fugitive focused, United States Marshals Service led task force consisting of local, state, and federal authorities including the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, City of Columbus Division of Police,  Columbus Division of Fire, Worthington Police Department, Reynoldsburg Police Department, South Bloomfield Police Department, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, Grove City Police Department, United States Department of Agriculture, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the United States Attorney’s Office.  

U.S. Marshals are the nation’s primary fugitive hunting organization and capture more federal fugitives each year than all other law enforcement agencies combined. For more information, go to