Coeur d’Alene, ID
– Late Tuesday, the Coeur d’Alene Police Department Community Action
Team and the U.S. Marshals Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force arrested a
fugitive and rescued a missing child in Coeur d’Alene.
Whitted, 47, of Fort Worth, Texas, was arrested on charges of
interference with child custody – court order. On or around March 17,
Whitted allegedly fled the state with his 6-year-old son and was
believed to have attempted to flee the country. Authorities also
believed the child was in danger. The Hurst Police Department in Hurst,
Texas, requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals North Texas
Fugitive Task Force to help locate Whitted and his son. Members of the
task force quickly learned Whitted possibly traveled to Idaho and
subsequently contacted the U.S. Marshals Greater Idaho Fugitive Task
Force for assistance.
After being on the run for almost two
weeks, the Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force, comprised of members of
the Community Action Team, tracked Whitted and his son to an apartment
in downtown Coeur d’Alene. Task force members safely arrested Whitted
late in the evening and safely recovered the missing boy.
Marshal for the District of Idaho Brent Bunn expressed his appreciation
to all the investigators who worked tirelessly on this case to recover
the missing child, and thanked them for demonstrating great cooperation.
“The diligence of the Community Action Team significantly
contributed to the best outcome in this case,” he said. “Task Force
Officers and Deputy U.S. Marshals demonstrated great investigative
ability and patience in developing an arrest plan to ensure the safety
of the child. That was our priority.”
Marshals-led task forces seek out and arrest fugitives charged with
violent crimes, drug offenses, sex offenders and other serious felonies,
as well as investigate and recover missing and exploited children.
The U.S. Marshals Service supports the National Center for Missing
and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) mission to protect children from
victimization by providing assistance to federal, state and local law
enforcement agencies. Since the U.S. Marshals’ partnership with NCMEC
began in 2005, the Marshals have helped recover 1,507 missing children.
The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 enhanced the
U.S. Marshals’ authority to assist federal, state and local law
enforcement with the recovery of missing, endangered or abducted
children, regardless of whether a fugitive or sex offender was involved.
The Marshals established a Missing Child Unit to oversee and manage
the implementation of its enhanced authority under the act.
request, the Marshals assist other law enforcement agencies with the
recovery of “critically missing children,” who have gone missing under
circumstances that indicate an elevated risk to the child.
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