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For Immediate Release

April 16, 2021 Southern District of Ohio Public Affairs Officer (614) 469-5540;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Task Force Arrests Arson Suspect

Mason, OH – United States Marshal Peter Tobin is pleased to announce Kenneth Dawson was arrested on April 15, 2021 in Mason, Ohio. The Fairfield Common Pleas Court charged Dawson for Arson, Retaliation, Possessing Criminal Tools, and Unlawful Possession of Dangerous Ordnance. These charges stem from an arson occurring on February 27, 2021, where Dawson allegedly started a fire in the 300 block of South High Street in Lancaster, Ohio. Prior to the arson incident on February 27, 2021, Dawson was arrested and released by a law enforcement agency for operating a vehicle impaired.

The Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) adopted the fugitive investigation at the request of the Lancaster Police Department. SOFAST investigators believed Dawson fled the Lancaster area and was living in Warren County, Ohio. SOFAST arrested Dawson in the 5000 Block of Kings Mills Road, Mason, Ohio on April 15, 2021 after Dawson attempted to flee the area.

Columbus SOFAST is a fugitive-focused, U.S. Marshals Service-led task force consisting of local, state and federal authorities including the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus Division of Police, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Hocking County Sheriff’s Office, Lancaster Police Department, Delaware County Probation, Ohio Attorney General Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States Secret Service, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Zanesville Police Department.

Anyone with information on any fugitive may send an anonymous tip to the Marshals by texting the keyword SOFAST and their message to 847411 (tip411). Anonymous web tips can also be submitted through the U.S. Marshals’ website at

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