For Immediate Release
|November 24, 2020||
Michael Leigh, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
|U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrest Fugitive, Recover Children Missing Since 2012|
Coeur d'Alene, ID – On Friday evening, the U.S. Marshals Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force arrested a fugitive and rescued two missing children in Coeur d’Alene.
Segalit McRoberts, 48, was arrested on a California State warrant for Violation of a Child Custody Court Order. In the summer of 2012, McRoberts allegedly abducted her four children in Calabasas, California after a judge granted full custody of them to her ex-husband. McRoberts and her new husband then disappeared with the children. At that time eight years ago, the children were 7-years-old, 9-years-old, 11-years-old and 12-years-old.
Earlier this year, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office contacted the U.S. Marshals Service Missing Child Unit in Los Angeles, California for assistance with locating the missing children. Investigators from the U.S. Marshals in California and Idaho developed information McRoberts and the missing children were living at a RV park in Coeur d’Alene.
The Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force, with the assistance of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, Post Falls Police Department, Idaho State Police and the U.S. Border Patrol, arrested McRoberts and recovered the missing children. Two of the children were turned over to the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Child Support Services. The other two missing children have since turned 19-years-old and 20-years-old. They were also located and determined to be safe.
The safe execution of the arrest warrant and recovery of the missing children is a testament of the great partnership and collaboration of local, state and federal law enforcement in the region as well as nationally. The Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force in North Idaho comprises of investigators from the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, Post Falls Police Department, Idaho State Police and the Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office.
United States Marshal for the District of Idaho Brent Bunn stated, “we are working hard every day to keep our communities safe.”
Nationally, U.S. 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.
Upon 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.
Tips can 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.
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Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.