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For Immediate Release

January 20, 2012 DUSM James Badway, District of New Mexico (505) 938-7550
Nationwide Manhunt Ends in South Carolina

Albuquerque, NM – On January 19, 2012, United States Marshals arrested Moses Sparks on charges of Kidnapping, Criminal Sexual Penetration, and Aggravated Battery on a Household Member. On September 4, 2011, Sparks allegedly raped and severely beat a woman in a northwest Albuquerque home. The local manhunt for this violent fugitive began on September 5, 2011, after an arrest warrant was issued for Sparks. Detectives from the Albuquerque Police Department, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department, and Rio Rancho Police Department, along with Deputy Marshals, worked together to bring Sparks to justice.

Information was developed that Sparks had fled the state of New Mexico and United States Marshals Service South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) task force sent out leads across the country. Deputy Marshals tracked Sparks through several states, investigating leads in New Jersey, New York, and North Carolina. Sparks was located and arrested in Mullins, South Carolina. Sparks was found in an abandoned trailer that did not have running water or electricity. As Deputy Marshals arrived Sparks attempted to flee on foot and was caught after a foot pursuit. Moses Sparks was taken into custody and is awaiting extradition back to New Mexico. United States Marshal for the District of New Mexico, Conrad Candelaria, stated “the pursuit of fugitives is a collaborative and tireless effort by the United States Marshals Service and its many partners in the law enforcement community, with an overarching mission to pursue dangerous fugitives so that they can be held accountable for the crimes committed; this latest arrest is another example, regardless of where the fugitive runs and hides, the exceptional investigative skills inherent in the Marshals Service results in an identity and apprehension”.

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of approximately 34,000 federal fugitives. More federal fugitives are arrested by Marshals than all other federal agencies combined. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest all Violent Offenders. Last year, U.S. Marshals task forces across the country arrested more than 27,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

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