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For Immediate Release

October 31, 2012 Ross Wilber, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Northern District of Ohio 216-214-1597
U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests Federal Fugitive Hiding in Mansfield

NOVFTF LogoMansfield, OH – This morning, members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) – Richland County Division - arrested Joseph Wilson, 42, at a house on the 400 block of Spayer Ave. in Mansfield. Wilson was wanted by the U.S. Marshals on a federal supervised release violation out of the Northern District of Mississippi and by the Washington County, Mississippi, Sheriff’s Office for failure to register as a sex offender.

Back in September 2010, Wilson was previously arrested by the NOVFTF at a house on the 200 block of W. 6th Street in Mansfield on a warrant out of Mississippi for failure to register as a sex offender. Subsequently, the U.S. Marshals conducted a federal investigation and Wilson was indicted in federal court in the Northern District of Mississippi under the Adam Walsh Act - 18 U.S.C. 2250, for crossing state lines to avoid registration. Wilson pled guilty to these charges and served 20 months in federal prison and was released in August 2012.

Wilson returned to Washington County, Mississippi and shortly after, the house he was living in caught fire resulting in the death of a five year old child. Wilson was arrested and questioned as a possible suspect in the arson of that residence, but was released three days later. Shortly after his release, Wilson fled Mississippi and returned to Mansfield, violating his federal supervised release. U.S. Marshals tracked Wilson to the Spayer Ave. address and determined that Wilson arrived in Mansfield approximately 11 days prior to his capture. Wilson also failed to notify the Richland County Sheriff’s Office of his arrival in Richland County and register his address in Mansfield, as required by state and federal law. Wilson was arrested without incident and transported to the Akron Federal Courthouse to await extradition back to the Northern District of Mississippi.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, “The Adam Walsh Act was created to protect the public from sex offenders crossing state lines and refusing to comply with the registration requirements. We will continue to pursue charges on those that violate this law and leave our citizens unaware of potential dangers within their community.”

Anyone with information concerning any wanted fugitive can contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED (1-866-492-6833). You may also anonymously text in a tip by texting the keyword "WANTED" and your tip to TIP411 (847411), or you can send a web tip at the following webpage Reward money is available and tipsters may remain anonymous.

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force - Richland County Division is composed of the following federal, state and local agencies: Ashland County Sheriff’s Office, Ashland Municipal Probation, Ashland Police Department, Bellville Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, Butler Police Department, Crestline Police Department, Galion Police Department, Lexington Police Department, Loudonville Police Department, Mansfield Municipal Probation, Mansfield Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Ontario Police Department, Plymouth Police Department, Richland County Probation, Richland County Prosecutor’s Office, Richland County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service.  

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at


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