LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The U.S. Marshals says a man wanted in an Oklahoma molestation case has been living under an assumed name for ten years in Arkansas.
Marshals say that Carl Shackelford has been hiding in Hector, Arkansas (about an hour east of Clarksville) since 2002. That year, Shackelford was listed as a suspect in a child molestation case. When a warrant was issued for his arrest, Shackelford was nowhere to be found. The case went cold.
Ten years later on Jan. 30, 2013, U.S. Marshals in Oklahoma notified Marshals in Arkansas that Shackelford was living in a home in Hector living under the identity of "J.N.", a longtime associate.
Marshals quickly went to Hector to find Shackelford. When they arrived they found a man matching Shackleford's description who introduced himself as J.N. with a valid Arkansas driver's license with his picture, but J.N.'s information.
After talking to authorities, Shackelford admitted that he actually was the man they were looking for, and that he had stolen J.N.'s birth certificate and identity in 2002.
Shackelford was arrested and is currently awaiting extradition to Oklahoma. He will be facing additional federal charges related to aggravated identity theft.
The U.S. Marshals, Eastern Arkansas Fugitive Task Force is comprised of members from the following agencies: Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, Little Rock Police Department, North Little Rock Police Department, Arkansas Department of Community Corrections, Social Security Administration (OIG).
In 2012, The U.S. Marshals and their task forces arrested more than 123,000 fugitives of which over 86,000 of them were state and local fugitives, nearly 4,000 were homicide suspects and more than 5,000 of them were violent gang members. As well, among that number of arrests more than 12,000 of them were sex offenders.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
(Source: U.S. Marshals Service)