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For Immediate Release

February 04, 2016 Nicholas Bonifazi, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Northern District of Iowa (319) 362-4411;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Capture Sex Abuse Suspect Near Phoenix

Cedar Rapids, IA – The U.S. Marshals arrested a Cedar Rapids man in Arizona, who is wanted on charges of Sexual Abuse, involving a minor. Jerek Anthony Strouf, 41, is a suspect in a 2014 incident that occurred in Linn County, Iowa.

An arrest warrant for Strouf was issued on Jan. 26. U.S. Marshals Service Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force (NIFTF) determined Strouf had fled the state and began investigating possible connections outside of Iowa. NIFTF members narrowed the search to the greater Phoenix area, and began working with the U.S. Marshals from the District of Arizona.

U.S. Marshals from the Phoenix, Arizona office, identified Strouf leaving the driveway of an associate’s home Maricopa, Arizona. On the afternoon of Feb. 3 Strouf was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Pinal County Jail in Florence, Arizona. Strouf will remain in custody while he awaits extradition back to Iowa.

The U.S. Marshals Service is the federal government’s primary agency for fugitive investigations. Nationwide, 60 local task forces are dedicated to violent crime reduction by locating and apprehending wanted criminals. These task forces also serve as the central point for agencies to share information on fugitive matters. The Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force is composed of officers from the U.S. Marshals Service, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Linn County Sheriff’s office, Cedar Rapids Police Department, and the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation.

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