Saturday, August 24, 2013

U.S. Marshals Arrest Convicted Sex Offender on Westside

Tucson, AZ – This morning, Jereal Lee Turner was arrested by Deputy U.S. Marshals and investigators with the U.S. Marshals led Violent Offender Task Force in Tucson.

On August 2, 2013, Jereal Turner, age 27, removed his ankle monitoring bracelet and fled from the half-way house where he was required to reside as a condition of his county probation. On the same day, a felony arrest warrant with full extradition was issued for Turner. In 2007, Turner was convicted of sexually assaulting the 6-year old daughter of his ex-girlfriend and sentenced to five years in prison. Turner is classified as a level 3 sex offender and is required to abide by all sex offender conditions, to include wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet and adhering to registration requirements.

Early this morning, Deputy U.S. Marshals and investigators established a perimeter around a residence associated with Turner located in the 4400 block of Wetmore and Schafer. While conducting interviews at the residence, Turner attempted to flee out the back door but was apprehended by the perimeter team. He was transported and booked into the Pima County Jail. Turner is facing additional charges of failure to register as a sex offender. Charges are also being considered against individuals who hindered and provided false information during the course of the investigation.

“A dangerous fugitive’s run has ended after several weeks” said U.S. Marshal David Gonzales. He added, “By working together, U.S. Marshals Service personnel and taskforce members were successful in tracking down this convicted child molester.”

The federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies that comprise the Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Taskforce (Tucson Metro Division) include: U.S. Marshals Service; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Arizona Department of Public Safety; Pima County Adult Probation Office; Arizona Department of Corrections; Tucson Police Department; U.S. Border Patrol; Pima County Sheriff’s Department; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.

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