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For Immediate Release

Contact:
March 03, 2021 Daniel Tebo, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Southern District of Ohio (937) 225-2917;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Arrest International Fugitive Wanted for Sex Crimes Against a Child

Dayton, OH – U.S. Marshal Pete Tobin is pleased to announce that a combined effort during the morning hours of March 3, 2021 resulted in the arrest of Andrew Gonnella. Gonnella was wanted by the United States Marshals Service for being a fugitive from Sweden; wherein, he faces charges for gross rape of a child and gross sexual assault of a child in violation of the Swedish Criminal Code. All charges allegedly involved a minor child and occurred during Gonnella’s international travel to Sweden. Gonnella was located and arrested in the 4000 block of East Main Street, Columbus, OH without incident. Gonnella was subsequently transported to the federal courthouse in Columbus, OH where he now awaits extradition to face his charges in Sweden. This complex international fugitive investigation included the involvement of the Swedish government, INTERPOL, the U.S. Marshal’s Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Eaton Police Department.

U.S. Marshals SOFAST is a multi-jurisdictional task force comprised of the Dayton Police Department, Springfield Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, Montgomery County Prosecutors Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Perry Township Police Department, West Carrollton Police Department, Springboro Police Department, the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Xenia Police Department, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Secret Service. The U.S. Marshals Service is the nation’s primary fugitive hunting organization and captures more federal fugitives each year than all other law enforcement agencies combined.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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