A former police officer and attorney suspected by detectives with the Glendale Police Department of failure to appear in court on allegations of child molestation and parole violation was arrested in Mexico on Thursday, April 21, 2016 and deported to the United States to face prosecution, announced James Struyk, the Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.
Arthur George Crabtree, 54, formerly of Glendale, was taken into custody in Puerto Vallarta this afternoon by Mexican law enforcement officers at the request of the FBI’s Legal Attache in Mexico City and members of the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force in Los Angeles. Crabtree, an American citizen, had been using false identification documents in violation of Mexico’s immigration law and was deported immediately.
Earlier this week, FBI agents received a tip indicating that Crabtree had been residing at a location in Puerto Vallarta. The FBI then worked through their law enforcement counterparts in Mexico to follow up on the tip and, following additional local investigation, took Crabtree into custody without further incident. Crabtree’s case had been publicized by the local media in Los Angeles, and at the following link: https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/cac/arthur-george-crabtree/view.
According to a federal criminal complaint filed in United States District Court in Los Angeles, a parole search of Crabtree’s residence was conducted in February 2011, during which his laptop was seized. Analysis of the computer revealed materials indicating that Crabtree was allegedly in contact with children under the age of 18. On or about April 2, 2012, a warrant was issued by the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles, charging Crabtree with one count of child molestation.
Detectives requested the assistance of the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force in order to locate and apprehend Crabtree once it had been determined that Crabtree fled the state of California. A federal arrest warrant was issued by the United States District Court, Central District of California, on July 25, 2012, after Crabtree was charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution (UFAP). Crabtree was also wanted by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for violation of his parole.
Crabtree was escorted from Mexico by members of the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force in Los Angeles, which is comprised of agents and officers with the FBI; the Los Angeles Police Department and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Crabtree was turned over to the custody of the Glendale Police Department and is expected to be arraigned in Los Angeles Superior Court on the state’s charges. It is anticipated that the United States government will dismiss the federal warrant charging Crabtree with UFAP and that he will be prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Mexican authorities, to include officials with the Instituto Nacional De Migracion (Mexican immigration officials) provided considerable assistance during Crabtree’s arrest and deportation.
The FBI continues to work with local law enforcement to apprehend violent criminals charged with state crimes who then flee the jurisdiction interstate or internationally. Photos and descriptions of many fugitives wanted by the FBI can be found at www.fbi.gov<http://www.fbi.gov>.