United States Marshal Steven Frank and FBI Special Agent in Charge Scott Smith announce the arrest of Pittsburgh fugitive Mario “Digga” Grisom, in Columbus, Mississippi this afternoon. Grisom was a federal fugitive wanted by the FBI on charges of Sex Trafficking of a Child and Attempted Sex Trafficking of a Child. Grisom was indicted by a Pittsburgh Federal Grand Jury which was unsealed on July 1, 2015.
The United States Marshals Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force (WPAFTF) was actively investigating Grisom’s whereabouts and developed information he was in the Columbus, MS. area. A request for assistance was forwarded to the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force (GCRFTF) in the Northern District of Mississippi. Task force members established surveillance earlier today at a known address of a known associate of Grisom’s on Beech Street in Columbus. At approximately 2:30 pm (EST), investigators observed Grisom arrive at the Beech street address driving a vehicle with a known female passenger. Task force members performed a vehicle stop and arrested Grisom without incident. Grisom provided an alias name and possessed a fraudulent Mississippi driver’s license at the time of arrest but later admitted his identity.
Grisom was transported to United States District Court in Aberdeen, MS and will later appear before a United States Magistrate Judge.
The Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force is made up of the following member agencies: U.S. Marshals, Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Attorney’s Office.