(CNN) — A Des Moines survivalist who allegedly faked his personal loss of life and fled the state to keep away from trial on alleged youngster pornography costs is again in custody, in response to a press release from the US Marshals within the Southern District of Iowa.
US Marshals discovered and arrested 28-year-old Jacob Greer in Spanaway, Washington, on Monday. He had been on the run since 2016, authorities mentioned.
“The arrest of Jacob Greer after six years is a testament to the tenacity of Deputy US Marshals and our investigative partners,” Ted Kamatchus, US Marshal for the Southern District of Iowa, mentioned within the Tuesday assertion.
“Even though the case went cold, they would not quit,” Kamatchus mentioned.
Greer is at the moment on the Federal Detention Center in Seattle and shall be transported to Des Moines to face trial, accoring to the assertion. He shall be assigned counsel when he returns to Iowa, the Iowa public defender’s workplace mentioned.
Greer was initially arrested in April 2016 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers on costs of alleged receipt and possession of kid pornography. He was launched on bond the subsequent day underneath pretrial supervision with an ankle monitor. He was residing together with his grandmother in Des Moines on the time.
On May 31, 2016, Greer’s probation officer was alerted that Greer’s ankle monitor had been eliminated, leading to a multiagency search effort, the US Marshals assertion mentioned.
Authorities discovered Greer’s automotive with a suicide be aware inside, however searchers by no means discovered his physique and a federal arrest warrant for Greer was issued. Investigators later found one other automobile related to Greer at a campground in Flathead, Montana, which he had bought with a $1,000 mortgage from a good friend, the assertion mentioned.
The US Marshals Service mentioned Greer was final seen at a Walmart in Kalispell, Montana, in June 2016, sporting a camouflage hat.
Greer had allegedly fled Iowa with cash, a bow, arrows and a backpack filled with survival gear and “had plans to live off the land in remote areas of the upper western states or southern Canada, hiding out in abandoned cabins,” the assertion mentioned.
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