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INTERPOL Washington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 16, 2013
INTERPOL Red Notice facilitates arrest of fugitive sex offender wanted in Texas

WASHINGTON - INTERPOL Washington, the United States National Central Bureau (USNCB), announced the capture and return of Shilo Watts, 38, a United States citizen and resident of Atascosa County, Texas from Oman to the United States. Watts is wanted in Texas for charges of aggravated sexual assault of a minor, beginning when the minor was three years old and continuing over a prolonged period of time. In 2012, Watts fled the United States, resulting in the issuance of federal felony charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

In April, INTERPOL Washington expedited the publication of an INTERPOL Red Notice, or international wanted persons notice, for Watts based on the charges in Texas. The Red Notice was disseminated via INTERPOL's network to its 190 member countries around the world. Based on the efforts of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) International Investigations Branch, USMS Western District of Texas, and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service, Watts' was traced to Oman where the INTERPOL Red Notice provided police with the authority to arrest and lawfully return Watts to the United States on May 15. Watts is currently in the custody of U.S. authorities and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

INTERPOL Washington Director Shawn Bray stated, “The capture of Shilo Watts is a great example of partnership between foreign, federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities, including the U.S. Marshals Service, Diplomatic Security Service, Office of International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice, and INTERPOL Washington. Through the close coordination of these authorities paired with the use of INTERPOL's international resources, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Diplomatic Security Service located, arrested and returned Watts to face justice in Texas in a matter of days.”