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For Immediate Release

Contact:
February 14, 2021 Brandon Filla, Deputy U.S. Marshals
Western District of Texas - Austin (512) 916-5393;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests Travis County Murder Suspect in International Territory

Austin, TX – The U.S. Marshals have received custody of a woman who had been sought on a Travis County Sheriff’s Office homicide warrant issued Dec. 15, 2021, by an Austin municipal court judge.

Kathleen Wylumva Ngongoseke, 27, was apprehended by foreign officials in the Republic of Tanzania.

Ngongoseke was charged with first-degree murder following the discovery of her mother’s body at a south Travis County home. TCSO deputies conducting a welfare check at the residence Dec. 9, 2021, found the woman wrapped in a blanket with stab wounds to her chest. The TCSO requested assistance from the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force - Austin Division to locate and apprehend Ngongoseke.

The LSFTF conducted a fugitive investigation and learned Ngongoseke had fled the Austin area and boarded an international flight from Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Task force personnel then requested additional resources from the U.S. Marshals Office of International Operations to assist with the investigation.

Republic of Tanzania law enforcement officers located and arrested Ngongoseke on an immigration violation in December. U.S. Marshals traveled to Dar es Salaam and took custody of Ngongoseke at Julius Nyerere International Airport Feb. 7 and arrived at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, N.Y, Feb. 8. She was placed in custody at a local jail facility until she can be extradited back to Texas. Her bond is set at $500,000.

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in Austin –

  • Austin Police Department-Tactical Intelligence Unit

  • Georgetown and Round Rock Police Departments

  • Travis, Caldwell, Hays, Williamson, and Bastrop County Sheriff’s Offices

  • Texas Attorney General’s Office

  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice OIG

  • Texas Department of Public Safety

  • U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement

  • U.S. DHS/Homeland Security Investigations.

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

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