Cedar Rapids, IA - U.S. Marshals arrested a Cedar Rapids man today, wanted for escape from previous charges of intimidation with a dangerous weapon, criminal mischief, and 1st degree theft.
Paul Hoff,36, was charged in May by the Iowa Department of Correctional Services with escape. Following the incident, the U.S. Marshals Service Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force (NIFTF) was requested to assist in the hunt for Hoff.
NIFTF members narrowed the search for Hoff to the north side of Cedar Rapids. At approximately 2pm today, the Marshals gained information Hoff was likely hiding in a residence in the 100 block of 26th St NW Cedar Rapids. NIFTF members made entry into the residence and found Hoff in the basement of the structure. Hoff was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Linn County Correctional Center.
The U.S. Marshals Service is the federal government’s primary agency for fugitive investigations. Nationwide, 60 local task forces are dedicated to violent crime reduction by locating and apprehending wanted criminals. These task forces also serve as the central point for agencies to share information on fugitive matters. The Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force is comprised of officers from the US Marshals Service, the Linn County Sheriff’s office, Cedar Rapids Police Department, the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security-ICE.