Quote Originally Posted by ironmikezero View Post
It's not unusual for the assigned detective(s) to complete the investigation phase, identify the perpetrator, have a warrant issued, but find that the subject is in the wind.

The active (felony) warrant is entered into NCIC and all participating agencies are made aware that if found, the subject will be extradited to the jurisdiction of origin. He would typically be arrested and charged with being a fugitive from justice, pending an extradition hearing.

The point is that pending that anticipated arrest, the original detective(s) usually have to move on to other open cases. They typically don't have the time or resources to devote to hunting the perpetrator.

What can be done to directly involve federal authorities is to have the original case agency request that the warrant be turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force for execution. They'll hunt the fugitive anywhere on the planet.

They may also bring additional charges (federal and/or state) emanating from new crimes discovered in the course of the fugitive investigation, to include 18USC1071 (Concealing person from arrest), 18USC1073 (Flight to avoid prosecution or giving testimony). Another tidbit worth knowing is that lying to federal investigators is a federal felony (18USC1001) that carries a fine and/or up to five years imprisonment.

Thanks, Mike <3 You've come through again.

In this case, the FBI agents were on their way to interrogate someone, got there, their interviewee is dead and local detectives are there. No perpetrators just yet, though the agents have some idea who it is.

(PS: I'm totally picturing you as Tommy Lee Jones from The Fugitive and you can't make me stop!)