U.S. Marshals Arrest Fugitives For Drug Crimes, Child Sex Offenses

June 20, 2013

The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested two wanted men in the past 24 hours, one a convicted felon wanted to face drug charges in Escambia County, the other a man who faces charges for child pornography and traveling to meet a young boy to purportedly engage in sexual activity.

Robert Lee Hawthorne Jr., 28, wassought by the Marshals Task Force who spent most of today following leads throughout Pensacola. They finally caught up with fugitive Hawthorne at about 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon where they tracked him to a home on the 2300 block of Jordan Street. Marshals and Task Force Officers from the Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Sheriff’s Offices  arrested him without incident. Hawthorne is wanted by the Escambia County Sherriff’s Office for failure to appear on cocaine possession charges. Hawthorne has an extensive criminal past that includes violent crimes and violence toward law enforcement.  Hawthorne is being held in the Escambia County Jail.

Tuesday evening, US Marshals and Task Force members from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested 79 year-old Norman Rushton in a Hotel in Crestview. Rushton is wanted by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office on a revoked bond warrant for computer pornography and child exploitation, as well as traveling to meet a minor for sexual activity. The Marshals Pensacola Task Force was asked to help the Marshals in Panama City last week following leads that led them to Costa Rica and finally back to the Panhandle yesterday. Rushton was arrested without incident and transported to the Okaloosa County Jail where he remains until he is transported to Bay County.


2 Responses to “U.S. Marshals Arrest Fugitives For Drug Crimes, Child Sex Offenses”

  1. melodies4us on June 22nd, 2013 7:19 pm

    Shocked beyond nausea. How can there be soooo many people avidly ruining children. God please stop this. Why so much evil in the United States? We are inviting “the big one”

  2. 89tigers on June 20th, 2013 1:54 pm

    This Hawthorne fellow has a rap sheet that is way to long to post,,, what in the world is he doing running the streets free,, by the looks of it, he appeared before the bleeding heart liberal Judge Bergoff “BERGOSH” maybe thats why.. what the hell does this punk have to due to get a prison sentence… should have been locked up long ago.

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