WAUSAU, WI -- On January 12, 2024, the United States Marshals Service captured a fugitive in a hotel parking lot in Houston.
Peter Jewell-Reigel, 25, was wanted on a warrant out of Marathon County, Wisconsin on a supervised release violation following a 2017 conviction for 2nd degree sexual assault of a child.
In December 2023, Jewell-Reigel was alleged to have engaged in unapproved and unsupervised contact with a 13-year-old female.
On December 13, 2023, Jewell-Reigel was set to meet with his probation officer about the allegations, when during transport to the office, Jewell-Reigel removed his GPS tracking device and jumped out of the moving vehicle that was operated by his parents.
On January 3, 2024, a lead was sent from the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force in Madison, WI to the U.S. Marshals Task Force in the Southern District of Texas – Houston after information was developed that Jewell-Reigel had been in the Houston area since December 15, 2023.
On January 11, 2024, around 1pm, Jewell-Reigel was discovered to be sleeping in a car in a Houston hotel parking lot. The U.S. Marshals Task force made contact with Jewell-Reigel who had a knife, leading to standoff lasting several hours.
With the help of negotiators, Jewell-Reigel was taken into custody around 2am on January 12.
In addition to the 2017 second degree sexual assault of a child, Jewell Reigel has previous convictions for disorderly conduct and battery.
The United States Marshals Service is the federal government’s primary agency for fugitive investigations.
Anyone with information on wanted fugitives is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office, the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102, or USMS Tips.