U.S Marshal captures man wanted on charges of sex assault, kidnapping

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EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — U.S Marshal confirms with Eyewitness News John Vincent Watson, wanted on kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl, has been captured in Ohio.

According to U.S Marshal Martin Pane, Watson was found and arrested in Cleveland at 9:00 a.m. by the Marshal Fugitive Task Force, Thursday morning.

The Luzerne County District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce tells Eyewitness News as a result of the $5,000 reward issued by the U.S. Marshals, investigators were able to locate Watson on a train in Ohio.

Sanguedolce stated Watson was living on trains, switching from one to another to avoid arrest.

Officials said Watson, 45, is alleged to have held a girl captive for three days in October, taking her to a Luzerne Borough apartment and two hotels, where the alleged abuse took place.

Investigators stated on Oct. 25, Watson left a Plains hotel room and the victim was able to call 911. She was rescued by Plains Township police.

In statement D.A. Sanguedolce stated;

He was among the most wanted criminals in Luzerne County. If you think of the horrific experience of this victim, who was raped over the course of several days, by multiple people in multiple locations, slated for human trafficking, this was one of the worst cases I have seen 20 years in the D.A. Office.

Luzerne County District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce

Watson remains in custody in Cleveland, Ohio. Sanguedolce says Luzerne County detectives will be traveling to Ohio to arrest Watson where he faces charges in Plains Township.

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