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For Immediate Release

March 12, 2013 DUSM James Badway, District of New Mexico
(505) 938-7550 (desk)

 US Marshals arrest Alleged rapist, repeat offender


FARMINGTON, NM – U.S. Marshals in Oklahoma, in coordination with U.S. Marshals in New Mexico, arrested an alleged rapist wanted in New Mexico at his mother’s house today in Hugo, Okla.

A state warrant out of the San Juan County Magistrate Court was issued March 7 for Mathew Black, charging him with criminal sexual penetration of a minor. Black was charged with this same crime approximately two years ago.

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office is the lead investigative agency into the sexual assault of the 11-year-old victim. Once leads were developed that Black fled New Mexico, the SJCSO requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshal Service to assist with the nationwide fugitive investigation.  

Within 24 hours, Deputy U.S. Marshals discovered Black had recently purchased a truck and fled town. Further investigation led Deputies to believe Black was heading to his mother’s home in Hugo, Okla.

Deputy U.S. Marshals in New Mexico contacted deputies in the Eastern District of Oklahoma – Muskogee office Friday to assist with the investigation.  It didn’t take long for U.S. Marshals in Oklahoma to locate the fugitive’s mother’s residence. On Monday, Deputies spotted Black’s truck at the home. Deputies located and arrested Black today without incident. Black is awaiting extradition back to New Mexico.

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