FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 01, 2003

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U.S. Marshals "15 Most Wanted" Fugitive Captured in Belize

Michael WEBSTERU.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted fugitive, Michael WEBSTER , was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit at approximately 7:00 p.m. EST, Monday, in Ladyville, Belize by U.S. Diplomatic Security Service officials and Belizean Police officers, who made the arrest based on information provided by Deputy U.S. Marshals from the District of Northern Illinois in Chicago.

"U.S. Marshals developed information that Webster was residing in Ladyville, Belize," explained Senior Inspector Geoff Shank of the Investigative Services Division. "Further investigation led the chase to Belize City and then to Ladyville."

Webster was wanted by the Chicago Police Department for a probation violation on a drug conviction in Cook County, IL. In addition to his probation violation, Webster is wanted on a warrant for three counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault where he allegedly sexually abused three children whom had been in the custody of Webster's mother. He will also be questioned as a suspect in a September 2001 Chicago homicide case that left one person dead and two injured.

"This fugitive was captured quickly because of the significant level of cooperation that existed between the U.S. Marshals, the Chicago Police Department Fugitive Unit, the Diplomatic Security Service and their Resident Security Officer in Belize, as well as the Belizean Police Department," said Assistant Director for Investigations Bob Finan.

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office, the Cook County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Justice Department Office of International Affairs also were key participants in the investigation.

Webster is being held in Belize City pending extradition.

Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all federal law enforcement agencies combined. For more information on the U.S. Marshals and other major cases, go to www.usmarshals.gov