U.S. Marshals arrest Oregon fugitive wanted for sexual abuse in Reno

Byron Van Natta (Courtesy: U.S. Marshals Service)

An Oregon fugitive wanted for sexual abuse was arrested in Reno on Wednesday afternoon, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Authorities say Byron Van Natta, of Eugene, Oregon, was wanted by the Lane County Sheriff's Office for sexual abuse in the first degree (seven counts), unlawful sexual penetration in the second degree, and theft in the first degree. Investigators determined Van Natta fled Lane County once he learned about the investigation.

In early April, the U.S. Marshals Service and detectives determined Van Natta had left Oregon and traveled to Nevada, and was likely staying in Reno. Authorities determined Van Natta was staying at a motel on the 400 block of West 4th STreet, where he was spotted at around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 19.

Members of the U.S. Marshals confronted Van Natta and placed him under arrest on his outstanding Lane County warrant. He was later booked into the Washoe County Jail to await extradition to Oregon.

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