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For Immediate Release

February 27, 2012

Robbert Alexander

Supervisory Deputy United States Marshal

District of Nevada, Reno Sub-Office

California Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested in Sparks by the Reno Fugitive Task Force

Reno, Nevada – The United States Marshals Service (USMS) led Fugitive Task Force in partnership with the Sparks Police Department (SPD), Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), and Nevada Department of Public Safety Parole & Probation (P&P) announces the arrest of Felix Alexander Otero.  Otero was arrested this morning in Sparks, Nevada.  The USMS is grateful to the Sparks Police Department for their commitment to the Task Force as well as the extensive patrol resources dedicated to this operation.

Otero is wanted by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for an outstanding arrest warrant alleging armed robbery with a firearm.  Due to his criminal history, Otero faces exposure under California’s “Three Strikes Law” if found guilty.  The arrest warrant was issued for Otero on January 19, 2012, and the case was referred to the San Diego U.S. Marshals led Fugitive Task Force.   On February 21, 2012, investigators developed information that Otero may have fled to northern Nevada and requested assistance of the Reno Task Force.  During their investigation, Reno task force personnel conducted surveillance and observed Otero entering an address on Maxine Court.  Additional law enforcement resources assembled to assist with the arrest.  Otero was instructed to exit the residence and surrender to police.  A short time later, following instructions from SPD hostage negotiators, Otero exited and was safely taken into custody.  He has been booked into the Washoe County Jail, as a fugitive from justice, awaiting extradition to California. 

The Reno Fugitive Task Force, led by the U.S. Marshals Service, is a partnership comprised of law enforcement investigators from the United States Marshals Service, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Department of Public Safety (Probation & Parole), and Sparks Police Department.  The Task Force combines the resources and expertise of local, state, and federal law enforcement in a coordinated effort to arrest dangerous fugitives and pursue sexual offenders wherever they are located.  Last year the team was responsible for the arrest of 255 state, local, and federal fugitives. 

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