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For Immediate Release

September 21, 2016 Chris Leuer, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Eastern District of Virginia – Norfolk Division
(757) 963-5998

US Marshals Locate Norfolk Child Taken by Non-Custodial Parent

Father arrested in Colorado, found together with child

Norfolk, Va. – The search for a non-custodial father who was charged with taking his minor child from the mother has come to an end. John Francis Rose, 47, was captured yesterday in Colorado and the child was found unharmed.

On June 21, a felony warrant was issued for Rose’s arrest for an alleged violation of Virginia code § 18.2-49.1, violation of court order regarding custody and visitation. It is alleged that he took his minor child from the child’s mother who is the legal guardian in Norfolk, and then left the state. An investigation was launched by Norfolk police who soon discovered that Rose had already left his Elizabeth City, North Carolina, residence. U.S. Marshals were asked for assistance in finding Rose and the minor child, who was not believed to be in any harm.

Over the course of the investigation, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force developed information that Rose had fled to Colorado. Around 4:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, U.S. Marshals apprehended Rose as he walked out of a Wal-Mart in Colorado Springs alongside the minor child. The child was unharmed and turned over to child protective services until the child can be reunited with the mother. Rose is being held at the El Paso County Jail in Colorado Springs.

Per the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, U.S. Marshals have the authority to assist state, local and other federal law enforcement agencies, upon request, with locating and recovering missing children. This act allows the USMS to immediately support missing child cases.

The U.S. Marshals-led Fugitive Task Force consists of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office, Newport News Police Department, Portsmouth Police Department and Norfolk Police Department. The main objective of the task force is to seek out and arrest violent offenders with outstanding federal and state warrants.

The U.S. Marshals Service, America’s first federal law enforcement agency, arrested more than 33,300 federal fugitives, 66,300 state and local fugitives and 11,700 sex offenders in 2015. Our investigative network and capabilities allow for the unique ability to track and apprehend any fugitive who attempts to evade police capture, anywhere in the country. For more information on the U.S. Marshals, please visit our website,


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