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April 20, 2017 Bryon Carroll, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Oregon (541) 465-6340
U.S. Marshals Arrest Eugene Fugitive in Nevada
Subject Wanted for Multiple Counts of Sexual Abuse
Eugene, OR - Combined efforts of the U.S. Marshals Service, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, and multiple police agencies in Nevada led to the arrest of Byron Van Natta on Wednesday afternoon in Reno, Nevada. Van Natta was wanted by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office for sexual abuse in the first degree (7 counts), unlawful sexual penetration in the second degree, and theft in the first degree. After conducting a criminal investigation, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office obtained an arrest warrant for Van Natta on February 16, 2017 with a bond of $1,240,000. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office determined Van Natta quickly fled Lane County once he learned about the criminal investigation.

The Eugene Division of the U.S. Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force began working with Lane County Sheriff’s Office detectives on the fugitive case in early April and determined Van Natta had left Oregon and was taking steps to try to avoid capture. Further investigation revealed Van Natta had traveled to Nevada and was likely staying in the Reno area. U.S. Marshals in Eugene coordinated with U.S. Marshals in Reno and determined Van Natta was staying at a motel on the 400 block of West 4th Street where he was spotted at approximately 2:45 p.m. Members of the Reno Division of the U.S. Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force - including investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, the Nevada Attorney General’s Office, the Reno Police Department, and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department - confronted Van Natta and placed him under arrest on his outstanding Lane County warrant. U.S. Marshals later booked Van Natta into the Washoe County Jail to await extradition to Oregon. Further jail details are available at http://www.washoesheriff.com/inmate-search.php.

“We are extremely appreciative of the efforts of the United States Marshals Service in taking Byron Van Natta into custody. These types of partnerships help ensure that wanted subjects cannot simply cross state lines to avoid the criminal justice system. We are hopeful that this arrest will help bring some closure to the victims and the families of the victims involved in this case,” said Lane County Sheriff Byron Trapp.

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

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