International Sex Offender nabbed at Local Racetrack

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Cleveland, Ohio - International fugitive Shaool Safar was arrested today by members of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force.

Safar, a native of Iraq and Canadian citizen, was wanted by the Toronto Police Service on charges of sexual assault, sexual interference, and invitation to sexual touching of his minor daughter from 1998 - 2000.

In late April 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice Office of International Affairs (OIA) in Washington D.C. contacted the U.S. Marshals Service after receiving a request from Canada for the extradition of Safar.

It had been believed that Safar was living and working part time at various racetracks between the states of Ohio and Florida.

The Task Force began its investigation a few weeks ago and was able to verify that Safar was in fact employed at the Thistledown Racetrack in North Randall, Ohio as a horse groom.

After positively identifying Safar, Deputy Marshals relayed his location information to OIA, who then submitted Canada's extradition request to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio for execution.

At approximately 10:30 this morning, members of the Task Force coordinated with security officials at Thistledown and a plan was put into action to locate and arrest Safar. Safar was arrested without incident and transported to the federal courthouse in Cleveland where he will begin his extradition proceedings.©2010 WOIO. All rights reserved.