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Connecticut Fugitive Wanted Since 2012 Captured in Texas

For immediate release

Matthew Duffy, Supervisory Deputy/Public Information Officer

District of Connecticut Violent Fugitive Task Force
(203) 589-8953

New Haven, CT - The U.S. Marshals in Texas on Monday arrested a man wanted in Connecticut on child sex charges dating back to 2008.

Thomas Marcel failed to appear Oct. 12, 2012, before a Connecticut judge following his arrest in 2008 by Connecticut State Police Troop E on two counts of enticing a minor by computer, illegal possession of child pornography, promoting a minor in an obscene performance and risk of injury to a minor.  

The U.S. Marshals Connecticut Violent Fugitive Task Force, U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (El Paso, Texas), Connecticut State Police, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection located and apprehended Marcel who was attempting to cross back into the U.S. from Mexico. He was taken into custody in El Paso, Texas, and is being housed at the El Paso County Detention Facility, awaiting extradition back to Connecticut to face the charge of failure to appear in the first-degree. 

Since the inception of the U.S. Marshals – Connecticut Violent Fugitive Task Force in 1999, these partnerships have resulted in over 11,046 arrests (as of 9/08/2022). The task force’s objective is to seek out and arrest violent fugitives and sexual predators. Membership agencies include Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, Norwalk, Waterbury Police Departments and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. These arrests have ranged in seriousness from murder, assault, unregistered sex offenders, probation and parole violations and numerous other serious offenses. Nationally the U.S. Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, eight regional task forces, and a growing network of offices in foreign countries.

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