Dayton, OH – After nearly six years on the run, fugitive Jason Perkins was finally apprehended by Deputy U.S. Marshals in Toombs County, Georgia. Perkins was convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in 1996 and required to register as a sex offender. He was living and registered in Miami County until 2009, when he decided to disappear. Deputy Marshals got involved in 2010 when Miami County investigators obtained information that Perkins fled the state. Since 2010, marshals and sheriff deputies conducted dozens of interviews, responded to dozens of anonymous tips, and sent multiple leads to other marshals around the country. Marshals were led to believe Perkins was armed, prepared to avoid apprehension at all costs, and at one point reportedly threatened to cut an officer’s throat.
The investigation finally made positive headway last year when authorities discovered a string of fake identities and aliases Perkins was using to stay off the grid. The patience and diligence of investigators paid off and it all came to an end for Perkins on the afternoon of July 8th. Marshals in Dayton pieced together the final bit of information and determined a probable location in Georgia. With the assistance of the U.S. Marshals led South East Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF), deputies tracked Perkins to a location in Toombs County, where he was arrested without incident. Marshals in Georgia are seeking federal failure to register charges against Perkins under the Adam Walsh Act. Perkins will remain in Toombs County until either charged by federal authorities or extradited back to Miami County.
SOFAST (Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team) is a multi-jurisdictional task force comprised of the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Dayton Police Department, Springfield Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Wright State University Police, Greeneville Police Department, Grandview Hospital Police Department, Oakwood Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Springboro Police Department.
The U.S. Marshals Service is the nation’s primary fugitive hunting organization and captures more federal fugitives each year than all other law enforcement agencies combined.