Kansas City, MO – United States Marshal Mark S. James announced
today the arrest of alleged child molester Scott Dames Keith from
Trenton in Wichita, Kansas on the afternoon of September 11, 2019.
On August 28, 2019 the 3rd Judicial Circuit Court for Grundy County,
Missouri issued a 3rd degree felony child molestation warrant for Scott
Dames Keith following the filing of a complaint by Grundy County
Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Puckett. Keith, a 70 year old man living in
Trenton, is alleged to have molested a minor child at his home in June
2019. Following the investigation by local authorities, Keith was
observed by witnesses packing personal belongings into his car and was
believed to have fled the area. His whereabouts were unknown until this
past week when the U.S. Marshals Service started looking for him.
On September 3rd, Marshals Service deputies from Missouri, Nebraska
and Kansas started following up on leads generated by the Trenton Police
Department and Grundy County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Marshals followed
the trail to Wichita where the Marshals Service task force from the
District of Kansas would locate a vehicle belonging to Keith after
discovering he had been staying in a local motel for the past month.
Deputies fanned out and conducted a canvas of apartment complexes in the
area and eventually discovered his vehicle on the afternoon of September
11, 2019. Deputies knocked at his door and took him into custody without
incident. U.S. Marshal Mark James attributed his quick capture to the
initial leg work conducted by investigators from Trenton PD and the
Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, and the network of U.S. Marshals
fugitive task forces that blanket the entire country. The tireless
efforts and collaboration between local investigators and the U.S.
Marshals Service ensured Keith’s life on the run wouldn’t last long. He
was lodged at a local detention facility and awaits extradition back to
Missouri to face the charges.
The U.S. Marshals Midwest Violent
Fugitive Task Force-Kansas City division, operates in conjunction with
members of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department, Independence
Missouri Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri
State Highway Patrol and other federal law enforcement partners. The
task force objectives are to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with
violent crimes, drug offenses, sex offenders and other serious felonies.
Nationally the United States Marshals Service fugitive programs are
carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 67 local
fugitive task forces, 8 regional task forces, as well as a growing
network of offices in foreign countries.
Tips can be submitted anonymously to the Greater
Kansas City Crime Stoppers via the TIPS hotline at 816-474-8477, on the
internet at KCcrimestoppers.com or on the free mobile app available at
P3Tips.com. Tips can also be submitted to the U.S. Marshals service
directly and anonymously by downloading the USMS Tips app to your Apple
or Android device. It can also be accessed online at
https://www.usmarshals.gov/tips/index.html. Follow the latest news
and updates about the U.S. Marshals Service on Twitter: @USMarshalsHQ
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found
First Federal Law Enforcement Agency