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For Immediate Release

Contact:
March 18, 2021 Jaclyn Williams, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Western District of Washington (206) 674-0623;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Looking for Escaped Convicted Murderer

Roderick MuchikekwanapeSeattle, WA – The U.S. Marshals-led Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man convicted of rape and murder who escaped Canadian custody.

Roderick Muchikekwanape, 42, escaped from a Canadian prison on Oct. 29, 2020. Muchikekwanape was serving a life sentence for a brutal rape and murder that occurred in 1998 in Winnipeg, Canada.

On Oct. 30, 2020, Muchikekwanape was seen in Sumas, Washington and was given a ride to Bellingham. While in Bellingham, he stopped at a Chevron gas station and asked how to catch a bus to Seattle. Muchikekwanape is seen on camera boarding a Skagit bus to Mount Vernon and then on another bus to Everett.

Muchikekwanape is 6 feet 1 inch, weighs 225 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. He is an indigenous Canadian and it is likely that he will claim to belong to a tribe in the U.S. He is known to use aliases “Much,” “Roderick Toot Much,” “Rodney Muchikekwanape,” “Thomas Robert Gambler” and “Paul Edward Starkes.”

Anyone who has had contact with Muchikekwanape or has any information about his whereabouts is urged to contact the U.S. Marshals at 1-877-Wanted-2 (1-877-926-8332), submit a tip using USMS Tips or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to Muchikekwapane’s arrest. If seen, call 911 and do not approach.

The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force is composed of Deputy U.S. Marshals from the Western District of Washington and other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Since its creation in 2010, the PNVOTF has arrested almost 14,000 violent fugitives for various offenses including homicide, failure to register as a sex offender, sex crimes, firearms and federal probation violations.

The U.S. Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all other federal agencies combined.

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

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