Criminal Justice News

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fugitive Sex Offender Captured in Saudi Arabia

Tucson, AZ – U.S. Marshals tracked Matthew Lynn Brewster, age 50, formerly of Tucson, Arizona, to Saudi Arabia where he was detained and subsequently returned to the United States earlier today.

In April 2014, the Pima County Sheriff's Office obtained a warrant for the arrest of Matthew L. Brewster, which charged him with multiple counts of Sexual Conduct with a Minor under the age of Fifteen, a class two felony. Pima County Sheriff's Office officials enlisted the assistance of the United States Marshals led Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force, which includes the Pima County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Investigative Strike Team to locate and arrest Brewster.

Deputy U.S. Marshals quickly developed information which indicated Brewster had fled the United States in 2010 and traveled to Saudi Arabia. An investigation by task force members in Tucson and the United States Marshals Service National Sex Offender Targeting Center revealed Brewster was residing in a compound in Khamis Mushayt, Saudi Arabia, and had no intention of returning to the United States. Deputy U.S. Marshals initiated an international investigation and coordinated with foreign authorities to locate and detain Brewster in Saudi Arabia and have him returned to the United States.

“This criminal and other sex offenders are at the forefront of our investigations,” said District of Arizona United States Marshal David P. Gonzales. “Despite the best attempts of fugitive sex offenders to avoid the law, the U.S. Marshals Service prioritizes their apprehension, ensuring their whereabouts are known and preventing other innocent children and adults from being victimized. Regardless of where these criminals seek refuge, the United States Marshals Service will relentlessly pursue them.”

In January of 2015, Brewster was taken into custody by the Saudi Arabian Immigration Service and held pending deportation proceedings. On January 26th, Brewster was escorted back to Los Angeles, CA by Saudi Arabian Immigration Officers, where he was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force. Brewster is being held in California pending extradition to Arizona to face charges on six separate counts of Sexual Conduct with a Minor, which pertain to various acts of sexual conduct that he allegedly committed with a minor over a three year period in Tucson.

The federal, state, and local agencies that comprise the Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force (Tucson Metro Division) include: U.S. Marshals Service; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Arizona Department of Public Safety; Pima County Adult Probation Office; Arizona Department of Corrections; Tucson Police Department; U.S. Border Patrol; Pima County Sheriff’s Department; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The United States 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.

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