New York, NY - Today, Deputies and Task Force Officers from the U.S. Marshals New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force (NY/NJ RFTF) apprehended a man wanted for the kidnapping of his son in Massachusetts in February.
The task force received a request from the District of Massachusetts to find Michael Davis Sr., alleged to have unlawfully taken his 15-year-old son who was in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, and possibly fled to Florida.
The USMS NY/NJ RFTF adopted the case immediately and developed information that indicated Davis left Florida with his son and had boarded a Greyhound bus headed to New York City. Requiring immediate mobilization to a fast-changing situation, the RFTF intercepted the pair while they were en route to NYC, taking Davis into custody without incident and returning his son to the DCF. Davis will remain in USMS custody until his extradition to Massachusetts.
“The United States Marshals Service continually supports Adam Walsh’s National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a vital mission the USMS has been involved with since 2005,” said Ralph Sozio, Ralph Sozio, U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of New York. “This exemplifies the relentless efforts and partnership the USMS undertakes in locating missing children gone missing under circumstances of elevated risk to the child. I want to thank the men and women of the NY/NJ RFTF, Port Authority Police Department and the NYPD for their dedicated coordination in executing this mission quickly and without incident.”
The New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force began operations in April 2002 and was the first regional fugitive task force to become fully operational following the Presidential Threat Protection Act of 2000. The NY/NJRFTF was the flagship that has allowed seven other regional fugitive task forces to be created across the country. With partnership agreements with over 90 federal, state, or local agencies and 13 fully operational offices, the NY/NJRFTF has successfully apprehended over 95,000 fugitives since inception.