Dayton, OH - On September 11, 2015, the U.S. Marshals Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) arrested Charles Alexander and located a 13 year old missing child from Champaign County, Ohio. On August 31, 2015, the Miami County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for Charles Alexander for larceny related offenses. Alexander was also believed to be associated with a missing juvenile from Champaign County, who was last seen on or around August 28, 2015. Although the circumstances surrounding the incident are unclear, the school the juvenile attended had reported her missing and the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office received information that Alexander may have fled the area with the 13 year old girl.
On September 11, 2015 the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office contacted the U.S. Marshals Service SOFAST in order to assist with apprehending Alexander and hopefully locating the missing teen. Within a matter of mere hours, the sheriff’s detectives had relayed vital information to SOFAST that led authorities to a hotel on Miller Lane in Dayton, Ohio. SOFAST officers were able to positively identify Alexander and arrested him without incident. SOFAST also located the missing teen at the time of Alexander’s arrest. The teen was turned over to Champaign County authorities and Alexander was booked into the Miami County Jail. The quick action by all agencies involved is an outstanding example of how law enforcement cooperation is vital to the safety and well-being of the public.
U.S. Marshals SOFAST is a multi-jurisdictional task force comprised of the Dayton Police Department, Springfield Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Grandview Hospital Police Department, Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Springboro Police Department and the Wright State University Police.
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.