Wednesday, July 23, 2008

CDCR Fugitive Apprehension Team and U.S. Marshals Coordinate Major Arrests

SACRAMENTO - This week the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Fugitive Apprehension Team took part in two major arrests with the United States Marshals Service (USMS). The result is that a parolee at large (PAL) suspected of a violent crime in California was arrested in Nevada, and a fugitive in a federal methamphetamine distribution case in Washington State was brought into custody.

“These cases should serve to remind offenders that whether they’re from California or flee here from another state, that there will be no safe haven,” said CDCR Office of Correctional Safety Assistant Secretary Richard Rimmer, whose division oversees Fugitive Apprehension Teams. “We have dedicated agents who work as part of a law enforcement web that spans all geographical boundaries, and we will never give up. If you commit a crime and try to run, you will be brought to justice.”

On Monday, July 21, 2008, CDCR’s Fugitive Apprehension Team coordinated an operation to locate and arrest PAL Joshua Walker. The arrest was done in conjunction with Reno’s United States Marshals Service (USMS) Task Force and Sacramento based United States Marshal Deputies. Walker was wanted for attempted murder by the Amador County Sheriff's Department in an incident which left a victim with shotgun wounds.

A subsequent investigation led Agents and USMS to Reno, Nevada where PAL Walker had been living in a basement with his girlfriend. PAL Walker was booked on the CDCR Warrant as well as the attempted murder arrest warrant, and the girlfriend was also arrested for harboring a wanted fugitive and booked into the Washoe County Jail. PAL Walker is currently pending extradition to California.

On Tuesday, July 22, 2008, CDCR’s Fugitive Apprehension Team participated in another major arrest in Newark, California, this time of a fugitive wanted on outstanding federal charges for drug trafficking. CDCR agents, in conjunction with members of the U.S. Marshals Northern California Fugitive Task Force, located and arrested Jose Antonio Aguilar Esquivel in Newark, California. The Northern California Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from the CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety, the U.S. Marshals, and other bay area law enforcement agencies.

Esquivel was a fugitive in a federal methamphetamine distribution case filed in the Eastern District of Washington by the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force. Esquivel was booked into Glen Dyer Detention Facility on the federal warrant.

The Office of Correctional Safety represents all major adult and juvenile law enforcement, investigative, security and intelligence functions for CDCR. In 2007, OCS Fugitive Apprehension Team agents arrested more than 2,600 offenders, of which over 75 percent were either parolees-at-large, or parolees wanted for major violations of their parole terms. The office also regularly coordinates high-profile fugitive apprehensions with the U.S. Marshals and other law enforcement agencies, and recently swore in 67 Fugitive Apprehension Team agents as U.S. Marshals.

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