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For Immediate Release

April 28, 2017 Christopher Crotty, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Southern District of Florida (305) 710-7395;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Captured: Florida Fugitive Sex Predator Arrested at Homeless Shelter in Vermont
Washington - Ernest Eugene Reigh, a convicted sex predator who vanished after being released from a state prison in Florida on March 01, 2017 and failing to register his address, was arrested today in Burlington, Vermont, just one day after a media blitz that covered the East Coast.

The Marshals received a tip that a man resembling Reigh was living at a homeless shelter in Burlington. U.S. Marshals investigated the tip and surveilled the facility until they saw him exit the building. They quickly apprehended him and took him into custody without incident. The man alleged to be Reigh was going by a false name, had grown out his hair and had also grown a beard and mustache. He is scheduled for an identity hearing in U.S. District Court in Burlington Monday.

“A dangerous person has been taken off the streets and our communities are safer today thanks to the far-reaching publicity provided by the media and those members of the public who called in tips,” said Amos Rojas Jr., U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Florida. “You can run, you can hide, you can change your appearance, but the Marshals won’t stop until we find you.”

After his release from a state prison in March, Reigh failed to report to federal probation and to register his address. After law enforcement officers were unable to locate him, the U.S. Marshals issued a press release Thursday asking for the public’s help.

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