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For Immediate Release

October 12, 2016 Seth Bruce, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Memphis, TN (901) 573-8177
U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests Alleged Child Rapist Suspect

Memphis, TN - For months Cortez Rivers has been wanted for Rape of a Child and Aggravated Sexual Battery. Today the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force brought him to justice.

On April 27, 2016 two warrants were issued for Cortez Rivers by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. One was for Rape of a Child and Aggravated Sexual Battery. On September 26 this case was adopted by investigators with the Marshals Task Force.

On October 12 investigators tracked the fugitive to an apartment located on the 2300 block of Dwight. The apartment was searched and the fugitive was located hiding in a closet.

Rivers was transported to the Shelby County Jail without incident.

The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force is a multi-agency task force with divisions in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. The Western Tennessee Division of the GCRFTF has offices in Memphis and Jackson, and its membership is primarily composed of Deputy U.S. Marshals, Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies, Memphis Police Officers, Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies, Jackson Police Officers, and the Tennessee Department of Corrections Special Agents. The primary mission of the Task Force is to arrest violent offenders and sexual predator.

If you receive any information regarding the above named individual,
please contact the United States Marshals Service for the District of New Mexico at
(505) 346-6400/Albuquerque or (575) 527-6850/Las Cruces

Padilla is considered armed and extremely dangerous and should be reported to authorities immediately.

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


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