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For Immediate Release

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October 31, 2016 Insup Shins, Supervisor Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Vermont (802) 951-6271
Task Force Arrests 3 Local Fugitives in 2 Counties
Burlington, VT - The U.S. Marshals Service, Vermont Violent Offender Task Force (VVOTF) arrested 3 fugitives on 3 separate Vermont arrest warrants, including two escapee violations.

Michelle Deaette, 24, formally of Newport, Vermont, was arrested Friday, October 28, 2016 in Fairfield, Vermont when confronted by Deputy U.S. Marshals, members of the VVOTF and the Vermont State Police. Deaette was wanted by the State of Vermont, Department of Corrections, Probation and Parole – Chittenden Division, since May 6, 2016 when she absconded from state supervision and was listed on Escape status. Deaette’s Arrest Warrant was dated May 6, 2016.

On October 6, 2016 Probation and Parole contacted the U.S. Marshals Service, seeking their assistance in locating and arresting Deaette, as her whereabouts remained unknown. During the fugitive investigation it was uncovered that Deaette, who has a lengthy criminal history, was also required to register as a sex offender. Deaette’s unknown whereabouts put her in violation of the Sex Offender Registry and state law.

The VVOTF developed information on Deaette's whereabouts and on October 28, 2016 the VVOTF located and arrested Deaette in Fairfield, Vermont. During the arrest, the VVOTF encountered Kristen Reed, 30, of Fairfield, Vermont, an associate of Deaette’s, who too had an active arrest warrant for failing to appear for a court hearing in Franklin County. Both Reed and Deaette were taken into custody and transported to Franklin County Court.

Moving on from the mornings arrests, the VVOTF focused their sights on Robert Wiltz, 34, formally from Colchester, Vermont. Wiltz was wanted by the State of Vermont, Department of Corrections, Probation and Parole – Chittenden Division since August 15, 2016 when he absconded from state supervision and was listed on Escape status. Wiltz’s underlying conviction related to his Escape was an Aggravated Domestic Assault 2nd Degree.

Wiltz is no stranger to the criminal justice system. Wiltz has a criminal history that includes thirteen arrests, six of which are felony convictions which started when he was only sixteen years old. Wiltz’S criminal history includes offenses in the State of Vermont for 1st Degree Aggravated Domestic Assault, two 2nd Degree Aggravated Domestic Assaults, two Escape from Furloughs, Burglary, and Unlawful Mischief. Wiltz has also violated his parole several times. The escape charge which Deputy U.S. Marshals arrested Wiltz on now makes it his third felony escape arrest.

In October, 2016 Burlington Probation and Parole requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service in locating and apprehending Wiltz, as his whereabouts were unknown. Deputy U.S. Marshals gathered information on Wiltz’S possible whereabouts and on October 28, 2016 Wiltz was arrested. When Deputy U.S. Marshals attempted to arrest Wiltz, he attempted to escape capture but was subsequently apprehended

It is alleged that Wiltz was actively evading arrest from law enforcement and subsequently fled the Burlington area where he was captured by Deputy U.S. Marshals. Wiltz was seen in the Chittenden Vermont Superior court on October 28, 2016 on the escape charge and was detained on a $5,000 bail
Any further inquiries regarding this matter should be directed to the Vermont Department of Corrections, Probation and Parole.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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