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Captured: U.S. Marshals arrest wanted sex offender from Springfield in Mexico

Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 2:59 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - U.S. Marshals working with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office arrested a wanted Springfield sex offender in Mexico.

David King is wanted for sentencing on numerous sex offense charges. Investigators say King assaulted a 15-year-old girl in February of 2018. Investigators say King claims he has amnesia and does not remember the assaults after getting acid in his eye.

U.S. Marshalls joined the hunt for King after he skipped out on a scheduled sentencing hearing in mid-September.

“Immediately afterwards, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office got involved and looked for him, a manhunt, so to say,” said Greene County Deputy Paige Rippee.

Rippee said the Greene County Sheriff’s Office has a couple U.S. Marshals that work in the office.

“Whenever the Marshals get involved, we suspect that someone has either left the state or gone across state lines,” she said. “And so we use their resources. And so that’s how they got involved.”

The U.S. Marshals tracked King to Reynosa, Mexico.

“The U.S. Marshals service remains dedicated to assisting our local law enforcement partners to stop the spread of violence in our communities,” said Mark James, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Missouri. “This is a priority for the Department of Justice and the U.S. Marshals Service. Through teamwork and cooperation with the Greene County Fugitive Apprehension Unit, we successfully brought a dangerous fugitive to justice.”

The U.S. Marshals Midwest Violent Fugitive Task Force—Springfield Division, partners with members of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, the Springfield Police Department, and the Joplin Police Department.

Deputy Paige Rippee said a lot of manpower went into tracking King.

“This is a classic case of somebody that doesn’t want to face the music,” she said. “He committed a crime, and he does not want to face his judgement day.”

One Missouri woman who King victimized tells KY3 the last several weeks have been filled with nothing but anxiety.

”I was starting to be kind of worried for my life to the point where I was debating on getting a gun, because I didn’t know if he was gonna come for us because of threats he made previous to the family,” said victim Hannah Kerr.

Kerr said the U.S. Marshals informed her that King had been found in Mexico.

”I kind of laughed because I had a feeling that’s what he was going to try to do,” she said.

Kerr said she was upset King got away in the first place, but now she said she could not be any happier.

”I’m completely relieved,” she said. “I’m honestly debating on going to his new sentencing date, so I can have that closure.”

She also has advice for parents of sexual assault victims.

”If your kids are showing signs and telling you that, ‘Hey, Mom, someone did this to me,’ believe them.”

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