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May 17, 2017 Laura Dale, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Northern District of Texas (214) 767-0836;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Sentenced to 25 Years, Absconder Caught in Mexico
Abilene, TX - After seven months on the run, a convicted criminal out of Eastland County has been captured due to the diligence of the U.S. Marshals and their North Texas Fugitive Task Force.

Vance Gwinn, 58, was wanted out of Eastland County following his convictions on charges of Aggravated Assault Causing Serious Bodily Injury and Delivery of a Controlled Substance in October 2016. Permitted to be out on bond, Gwinn was allowed two weeks to get his affairs in order before self-surrendering to a term of 25 years in prison. Instead of surrendering, Gwinn cut off his ankle monitor and fled.

After extensive investigation by the North Texas Fugitive Task Force- Weatherford Division, U.S. Marshals Abilene division, and Texas Rangers, it was discovered that Gwinn had fled over the border to Mexico. A warrant was also issued for his wife Debra Gwinn for aiding and abetting a fugitive and hindering apprehension.

On 5/12/2017 Vance and Debra Gwinn were located in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and deported back to the United States through the Laredo port of entry. Both will be returned to Eastland County.

The U.S. Marshals Service is the federal government’s primary agency for fugitive investigations. In 2016, U.S. Marshals arrested more than 88,000 fugitives. U.S. Marshals work with the international law enforcement community to apprehend fugitives abroad as well as to seek foreign fugitives living or residing in the United States.

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