FORT WORTH, Texas — After nearly two weeks on the run, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Coeur d'Alene Police Department arrested 47-year-old Ronald Whitted of Fort Worth, Texas, and recovered his six-year-old son — who was reported missing out of Hurst, Texas.
Whitted was wanted on charges for interfering with a child custody court order.
On or around March 17, 2020, the U.S. Marshals Service says Whitted fled Texas with his six-year-old son and was believed to have attempted to flee the country.
Believing the child was in danger, the Hurst Police Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals North Texas Fugitive Task Force in locating Whitted and his son. Investigators learned Whitted may have traveled to Idaho and then contacted the U.S. Marshals Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force.
"After being on the run for almost two weeks, the Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force, comprised of members of the Community Action Team, tracked Whitted and his son to an apartment in downtown Coeur d’Alene," read a statement from the U.S. Marshals Service. "Task force members safely arrested Whitted late in the evening and safely recovered the missing boy."
Whitted was arrested on March 31, 2020, at the apartment without further incident.
“The diligence of the Community Action Team significantly contributed to the best outcome in this case,” stated U.S. Marshal for the District of Idaho Brent Bunn. “Task Force Officers and Deputy U.S. Marshals demonstrated great investigative ability and patience in developing an arrest plan to ensure the safety of the child. That was our priority.”