Ohio fugitive arrested in Winter Park
A nationally wanted fugitive out of Ohio was apprehended in Winter Park early Wednesday morning July 27. The US Marshal’s Office conducted the operation with assistance from local authorities.
A press release issued by the Fraser/Winter Park Police Dept. (F/WPPD) details the incident and what led authorities to the wanted man. According to the press release, “During the week of July 18, the Fraser/Winter Park Police Department received information from a concerned citizen that a William Hiatt-Tanner, age 45, was in Winter Park and that he was possibly wanted.”
Local authorities conducted cursory searches of the internet for Hiatt-Tanner which revealed multiple news articles from the Toledo, Ohio area regarding the man. Those news articles indicated Hiatt-Tanner was wanted for parole violation and other fraudulent activities including identity theft and forgery. The release from the F/WPPD states, “it was also reported that Hiatt-Turner was known to dress as a woman on occasion.”
Authorities were able to locate Hiatt-Tanner in the National Crime Information Center, which revealed the man was wanted for forgery and a parole violation. Officials from the State of Ohio were looking for Hiatt-Tanner however Ohio was unwilling to extradite him from beyond the borders of Ohio, Illinois or Indiana.
The dynamic of the situation changed on Tuesday July 26 when the US Marshal’s Office contacted the F/WPPD and informed local Grand County authorities that officials in Ohio had changed the extradition limits placed on Hiatt-Tanner and that Ohio was willing to extradite the fugitive from Colorado.
The nature of non-extraditable offenders is something local policing agencies deal with on a semi-regular basis. Fraser/Winter Park Chief of Police Glen Trainor explained that such circumstances typically involve warrants deriving from the Denver metro area or other locations along the Front Range. Grand County agencies do occasionally deal with out of state non-extraditable warrants but it is relatively rare.
The remote nature of the high Rockies makes places like Grand County appealing to some individuals looking to escape detection from law enforcement. Chief Trainor said local agencies deal with such circumstances a few times each year, including a similar arrest made by US Marshal’s that occurred in late April in Granby, and also pointed out the fallacy in such logic. “A lot of people think you can be anonymous where people don’t know you,” Trainor said. “But the truth is there are a lot less people here, typically if you are wanted someone is going to know about it.”
The US Marshal’s Office responded to the Winter Park area and during the early morning hours of Wednesday July 27 Marshals conducted an operation to take Hiatt-Tanner into custody, with assistance from the F/WPPD and the Granby Police Dept. The operation was conducted at a mobile home on Wanderer’s Way in Winter Park, just off US Highway 40.
According to the F/WPPD press release, “During the arrest process, Hiatt-Tanner attempted to escape by jumping out of a window at the home, but was taken into custody in the yard of a neighboring home after a short foot pursuit.”
Grand County EMS personnel were on scene during the operation to provide medical attention as needed. County EMS transported Hiatt-Tanner to Middle Park Medical Center – Granby. The press release goes on to state Hiatt-Tanner was treated for, “head and ankle injuries he claimed he suffered when he jumped out of the window.”
According to local authorities Hiatt-Tanner was unarmed when he was apprehended and did not resist arrest beyond attempting to flee on foot. No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident.
After being cleared medically Hiatt-Tanner will be transported to the Grand County jail to await his pending extradition proceedings from Ohio.
“We were told by the Marshal’s Office this guy was running a pretty comprehensive I.D. theft ring in Ohio,” said Chief Trainor. “We don’t believe he has committed any of those crimes here, but given that past behavior is an indicator of future performance we are happy he is off the street.”
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