Fort Myers Beach, Florida – a news report posted on states that a wanted man was found arrested by law enforcement agents. The fugitive Was running from an arrest warrant back in Washington state. The man is wanted for allegedly raping an 11-year-old and a 13-year-old back in Washington state. 

The man was discovered hiding out inside of his sailboat along the south portion of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. The suspect was arrested by U.S. marshals and U.S. customs and border agents. The suspect had been on the run for approximately five months and was attempting to flee the country.

The suspect was apprehended and booked into Lee County jail, where he waits in extradition order back to the state of Washington. The suspect will then be tried for felony rape of the 13-year-old in the 11-year-old.

According to the news report, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents from the Fort Myers area and the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force tracked down and arrested the suspect utilizing a special tactical boat.

Arresting suspects at sea is one of the numerous jobs customs and border protection aviation and marine operation units trained for and conduct. This type of training is conducted on a regular basis in order to handle a law enforcement operation such as this one.

Law enforcement agents entered the suspect sailboat and executed a search warrant. The suspect sailboat was located by Big Carlos Pass. According to Fort Myer's Supervisory Marine Introduction Agent Alex Rodriguez, the law-enforcement agents worked together with the U.S. Marshals in order to find and arrest a dangerous individual. Agent Rodriguez stated that each Agency could provide unique resources that help make the mission a success.

Lea county detectives interviewed the suspects along with Washington detectives who were participating remotely. The law enforcement officer stated that the suspect made several admissions related to the case. Washington state detectives are working on the suspect's case in order to see if there are any other additional victims. The suspect is awaiting extradition and criminal prosecution.


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