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Published: Friday, 6/3/2005

Task force nabs fugitive

A 51-year-old Toledo man wanted on charges that he raped two young children has been arrested in North Toledo by the Northern Ohio Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force, Toledo police Sgt. Tim Noble said yesterday.

Robert Jenkins, whose last known address was 34 East Crawford Ave., remained in the Lucas County jail last night. Sergeant Noble said he was arrested at a pay telephone near Telegraph Road and East Northgate Parkway and booked into jail Wednesday.

Jenkins was indicted last month by a Lucas County grand jury on six counts of rape, said Detective Paul Tetuan. He is to be arraigned today on the charges, which involved two children ages 6 and 8.

The Lucas County prosecutor's office received a $75,000 award in March to establish a five-agency task force devoted to apprehending fugitives. The Northern Ohio Fugitive Task Force comprises the U.S. Marshals, Toledo police, Lucas County sheriff's deputies, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and police from the Perkins Township force in Erie County.

Since its formation, the task force has apprehended 175 fugitives and served 440 warrants. Most of the offenses have been assaults, burglaries, and felony drug warrants. Fugitives have been apprehended in Texas, Tennessee, Florida, and Michigan.

Lucas County Prosecutor Julia Bates and other task force representatives are holding a press conference today to report on their success and to urge continued funding for the effort from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The task force also announced yesterday that it believes a 44-year-old Hillsdale, Mich., man, wanted in connection with a criminal sexual assault in 2002, may be in the Toledo area.

Authorities are looking for Burton Hall, who posted bail but failed to appear for a court appearance in the 2002 case, said Hillsdale County sheriff's Lt. David Braxmaier. The suspect is a white male, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, 140 pounds, with black hair, and brown eyes.

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