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Friday, August 07, 2015

Fairfax County Fugitive Cannot Hide From U.S. Marshals in Wisconsin

Alexandria, VA – U.S. Marshal Robert Mathieson announces the arrest of Colton West. West has been wanted by the Fairfax County Police Department since June 25th for probation violation regarding an original charge of possession of a controlled drug substance.

On July 8th, the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) Regional Fugitive Task Force operating within the Eastern District of Virginia (E/VA) adopted the fugitive investigation. That same day, Deputy U.S. Marshals spoke with some of West’s family members. It quickly became evident to investigators that this fugitive was in active flight from justice.

On Aug. 6th, U.S. Marshals investigators based in E/VA learned that West was likely residing at a hotel in Mukwonago, WI. These investigators immediately notified their fugitive task force counterparts within the Eastern District of Wisconsin (E/WI), Milwaukee.

On Aug. 7th, investigators in WI confirmed that the fugitive had resided at the suspected hotel, but recently checked out. The USMS was able to determine that West was in a rental vehicle with his mother and a third passenger likely traveling to North Dakota. U.S. Marshals, E/WI, immediately notified the Wisconsin State Patrol (WSP) who ultimately located the vehicle traveling Northbound on Interstate 39, just south of the town of Dekorra. WSP conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and apprehended West without incident. West is awaiting extradition back to Fairfax County Sheriffs custody in Fairfax, VA.

This apprehension could not have been made possible without the sharing of information between the U.S. Marshals Service and Wisconsin State Patrol. Each agency provided the necessary resources to bring this fugitive to justice, and once again displayed that a wanted person will not hide easily in this country.

The U.S. Marshals Service arrested more than 33,700 federal fugitives, 71,000 state and local fugitives, and 11,600 sex offenders in fiscal year 2014.

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