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For Immediate Release

November 04, 2010 SDUSM Matt Hershey, District of Arizona (602) 920-4841
U.S. Marshals Capture Colorado Kidnapping and Torture Suspect
Phoenix, AZ – Early this morning, Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers assigned to the Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force captured Justin Wasinger, 21, at a residence in the area of McDowell Rd. and Horne Rd. in Mesa.

On October 31, 2010, a warrant was issued by the Arapahoe County District Court for the arrest of Justin Wasinger. Wasinger is wanted by the Glendale, Colorado Police Department for First Degree Kidnapping, Assault in the Second Degree, Robbery, False Imprisonment and Conspiracy.

It is alleged that on October 22, 2010, Wasinger and three associates abducted a female victim from a Glendale area bar and brought her to an apartment in Arapahoe County. Once at the apartment the victim was bound, gagged, blindfolded and held for over 20 hours. During the 20 hour ordeal, the victim was repeatedly beaten and burned. The victim suffered numerous significant injuries including a broken orbital bone (eye socket).

On November 02, 2010, information was developed by the Glendale, CO Police Department and the District of Colorado U.S. Marshals led-Fugitive Task Force that Wasinger was in the Mesa, AZ area. Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers with the Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force quickly acted on the information and were able to develop significant leads which led to the location of Wasinger. At approximately 0230 hrs on November 04, 2010, Wasinger was arrested at a Mesa residence without incident.

United States Marshal David Gonzales praised the work of Deputies and Task Force Officers adding, “The level of interagency cooperation exhibited during this investigation was second to none, and this resulted in the capture of a violent suspect making the Valley a safer place.”

The full-time federal, state, and local agencies that comprise the Arizona WANTED include: U.S. Marshals Service; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Arizona Department of Public Safety;
Arizona Department of Corrections; Maricopa County Adult Probation Office; Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office; Chandler Police Department; Mesa Police Department; Tempe Police Department; Surprise Police Department and several part-time state and local law enforcement agencies.

The U.S. 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. For more information on other USMS Fifteen Most Wanted fugitives and USMS Major Cases, go to