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.