CDCR’s Fugitive Apprehension Team takes lead to help nab murder suspect

Office of Correctional Safety teams up with regional fugitive task force

By Don Chaddock, InsideCDCR editor

A murder suspect was recently apprehended by the U.S. Marshal’s Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, a group with some members hailing from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

James Nathaniel, a parolee-at-large, was wanted in connection with a fatal shooting. The Office of Correctional Safety's Fugitive Apprehension Team helped track him down.

James Nathaniel, a parolee-at-large, was wanted in connection with a fatal shooting. The Office of Correctional Safety’s Fugitive Apprehension Team helped track him down.

An April 19 shooting in Indio left one man dead and authorities on the hunt for suspect James “Chip” Nathaniel. On May 21, at 3:30 p.m., Nathaniel was arrested in San Bernardino.

“OCS agents from the Fugitive Apprehension Teams are assigned to the U.S. Marshal Service Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force and are cross-sworn as federal agents,” said Erin Parker, Special Agent-in-Charge with the OCS Fugitive Apprehension Team. “One of our agents was assigned as the case agent on this case and the OCS (team) was the primary agency responsible for investigating, tracking down and arresting parolee-at-large Nathaniel.”

The task force comprises state and federal agencies working together to apprehend fugitives. CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) Fugitive Apprehension Team participates in the task force and assisted in the arrest.

Nathaniel was arrested on suspicion of murder, felony spousal abuse, being a felon in possession of a firearm, making criminal threats and violating parole.

What is OCS?

The Office of Correctional Safety is a force of special investigators and parole agents who conduct complex investigations and surveillance involving escapees, inmates and parolees suspected of major crimes and/or gang activity, according to a previous InsideCDCR article.

 

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1 Response

  1. kawatha Geter Saturday, May 30, 2015 / 4:33 am

    Getting it done! It’s just one more job CDCR does day-in, day-out. Like the song says, another one bites the dust. Way to go OCS.

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