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For Immediate Release

May 05, 2016

Alfredo Perez, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Southern District of Texas (713) 539-5061;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (202) 307-9065

Texas Fugitive Wanted for Assaulting Child is Back in the United States
Fugitive fled to Kosovo after being charged; Crime Stoppers tip led to arrest
Houston, TX - On Wednesday, U.S. law enforcement officials took custody of Rexhep Rraci, a fugitive wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for aggravated sexual assault on a child in Conroe, Texas. Rraci, 20, was recently returned to the U.S. after being arrested in Kosovo.

The United States Marshals Service works vigorously alongside other domestic and international law enforcement agencies to bring fugitives like Rexhep Rraci to justice. Rraci has learned today what many fugitives before him have learned, that we will arrest you wherever you run,” said Gary Blankinship, U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Texas.

On Nov. 18, 2015, the Conroe Police Department conducted an investigation of the alleged crime and charged Rraci with aggravated sexual assault. Following the conclusion of the investigation, authorities believed Rraci fled the country to avoid prosecution.

In October 2015, the Conroe Police Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals led Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office to help locate Rraci. The manhunt gained momentum when a Crime Stoppers tip led authorities to Pristina, Kosovo, where they discovered Rraci working in his family’s restaurant. On April 22, Rraci was arrested by Kosovo authorities without incident and returned to the United States.

Rraci is currently being held in the Montgomery County Jail in Conroe, Texas.

The U.S. Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all other federal agencies combined.

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