Joe Arpaio's Fugitive Nabbed by U.S. Marshals

According to the USMS's press release, Marquez, 34, was found to be in the possession of "several fraudulent identification documents," and "a loaded AK-47 military assault rifle" when apprehended.

"It was not a matter of if we would track him down, but when," U.S. Marshal for Arizona David Gonzales boasted in the press statement. "His arrest sends a clear message to any would-be fugitive: the U.S. Marshals Service and its law enforcement partners will relentlessly pursue you, across the country if need be, to see justice done."

Gonzales is getting really good at doing Sheriff Joe's job for him, like he and his deputy marshals did in December during "Operation Grinch Stopper," where a marshals' task force cleared 265 warrants statewide, resulting in 143 arrests, 82 in Phoenix.

True to type, Arpaio refuses to participate in such interagency efforts to serve warrants, even though there are an estimated 28,347 unserved warrants in Maricopa County.

See, Arpaio doesn't play well with others, and he doesn't like to share the limelight.

Is that conducive to good law enforcement? Of course not. But Joe's more interested in getting his mug on the TV news than actually doing his job.

Sadly, this fall, 50.7 percent of voters in this county chose Arpaio's ridiculous vaudeville stunts over effective policing.

Proving that democracy definitely ain't perfect.

Thankfully there are law enforcement agencies out there who can pick up the slack left by Arpaio's MCSO. Perhaps these LEAs owe Joe thanks, as his screw ups are job security for their officers and agents.

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solrac57
solrac57

Am I the only one who remembers that Joke was selling "space travel vacations" or some such, when he came to town? I've tried to find info on this to no avail. I suck at this interweb stuff, I miss encyclopedias the Dewey system, Schlitz and the Moby Jack.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Why oh why was this failure elected to a 6th term in office if he won't apprehend dangerous fugitives like this idiot?

Marshal Gonzales will make a better MCSO shurf than the very flaccid old man in the Wells Fargo building.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

About that pesky damn Adrian Cruz. The convicted rapist who impregnated his nine year old victim. The very same guy who walked away from the Maricopa Superior Court where he was supposed to have been handcuffed and shackled during a court lunch break.

That guy.

What has MCSO done to track him down and bring him back to Airy Zona for justice?

Nothing, apparently. As usual.

What were the results of the internal investigation into the 'escape'?

Nothing, apparenty. As usual.

Do we see a them here?

It's so much easier going after landscapers and candle makers.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

so this guy just walked out of MCSO custody and not a single MCSO employee gave him a second look? he must have been a rapist, because we all know how well MCSO stops rapists.  (i bet Jan Brewer wishes her knife-point rapist son would have committed his crimes under Joe's watch, then he would still be free)

squash
squash

Hahahaha! This reminds me of how Luke Wilson escaped from jail in Idiocracy. Once again, a Mike Judge prediction comes true...

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

The Marshals Service should have said this fugitive claimed to be from Hawaii but was actually suspected of being from Kenya.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Arpaio didnt screw up and just let this guy walk out, he was testing the U.S. Marshalls office to make sure they could track and apprehend the guy.  well played Joe, well played. now we know how ineffective they really are, it took them MONTHS to find the guy you lost...oops ...i meant the guy you were watching

CommonSense
CommonSense

As if the US Marshals weren't supposed to catch this guy?  What happened to real journalism?

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Hopefully this desperado is in FEDERAL detention. And it's time for KPHO to tell it like it is concerning Joe's unwillingness to cooperate with other agencies for the public good.

RobAZ
RobAZ

Come on, why don't you guys just lay off Joe!

Everybody's seen how busy he's been issuing press releases, news conferences, television interviews and getting humiliated by school principals who've been kicking his posse members off their campuses.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

so the agency (and its little helpers) that we have watching the schools and keeping an keen eye out for trouble, would be the same agency that watched a guy walk right out of jail with someone elses I.D. bracelet on and nobody noticed that his face didnt match the picture they just took? and lets not forget this is the same agency that had to have another country tell them about a threat in their own backyard (that was posted on a public media forum too)

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@squash  FUCKING GREAT MOVIE!!! they should have named it Idio-zona though

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@jonnyquest You're an idiot.  Give it up.  You lost - twice!  You and your fellow suckers are two time losers! No one buys your birther bullshit but folks who can't stand the thought of a black man in the White House.  Tell us all how you're not racist  but we don't believe you because all of your birther rants sound....racist.  Mitt Romney was born closer to a foreign country than Obama was (6 miles, look it up) of a foreign bornparent but because Mitt is white the far right didn't create any hysteria over Mitt's birth certificate, did it?

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

The MCSO ready room would look like the Three Stooges fighting over the last donut. Oh wait...

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@CommonSense As if the MCSO wasn't supposed to prevent an alleged drug dealer and money launderer from escaping?  What happened to holding your elected officials accountable?

squash
squash

@CommonSense Where in the article does it say that the U.S. Marshals Service shouldn't have caught this guy? I'm pretty sure Lemons meant that Joe Arpaio never does his job and is too worried about getting media attention. Saying Joe is a worthless pos is NOT the same as saying the "U.S. Marshals weren't supposed to catch this guy".

MotherJones
MotherJones

@CommonSense Actually, MCSO should never have let the guy loose. Then they should have tracked him down before he fled the county, then the state. The marshals stepped in, did their jobs and Joe's to boot.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

@CommonSense This is a blog, dumb ass.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@RobAZ  I'm sorry, i just thought Joe was so used to being called and proven to be a failure that he might feel neglected if we just stopped

squash
squash

@danzigsdaddy @squash  Lol, they should have. Then they could have cast Jan Brewer, Joe Arpaio and all the other idiot politicians from AZ. Come to think of it, that sounds like the PERFECT cast, hahahaha.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public @jonnyquest I refer you to sarcasmsociety.com "How to recognize irony". Please take a moment and read it. At least as a token of consideration for those who care about you. Thank you.

CommonSense
CommonSense

@jonnyquest A "blog" written by a so-called journalist, stupid.  You may want to learn what the word journalism means too.  

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

@squash The other newspaper almost always follows Lemons on stories. Lemons is a damn fine journalist. He turns up shit you never find in the other paper until WAY later. I read both BTW.

squash
squash

@CommonSense I kinda-sorta agree with you on that one (except I don't think the article was written to criticize the U.S. Marshals Service). I DO consider Stephen Lemons a journalist (and a good one, at that) and I DO consider PNT a legitimate newspaper. Thankfully, PNT writes about issues that other newspapers do not. 

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

@CommonSense @jonnyquest Gee, where do I begin? Is any of the information presented wrong? The guy left the jail with the permission of the Detention Officers. He was captured by the Marshals Service. Are you offended by the disparaging of the "Sheriff "? Well good journalists almost always ruffle incompetent, elected officials. We have freedom of the press for the same reason we have the right to keep and bear arms. I'm not giving up my gun and Lemmons isn't giving up his key board. So, fuck you. Your ball...

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