Marshals Arrest Mapp
At 9 a.m. Monday morning Jonothan Mapp Jr., 21, of North College Hill, Ohio, was arrested by the US Marshals Service in New Martinsville. Mapp is wanted in Cincinnati, Ohio, having been indicted in July 2008 for rape involving a victim under the age of 13.
The US Marshals Service-led Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST), Cincinnati Division, developed information that Mapp was hiding out in the New Martinsville area. Deputy US Marshals from SOFAST contacted Northern West Virginia’s US Marshals Service-led Mountain State Fugitive Task Force and requested assistance.
On Aug. 30 Deputy US Marshals from the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force, Wetzel County Sheriff’s Department, and SOFAST tracked Mapp Jr. to New Martinsville Villa apartments located on north state Route 2 in New Martinsville. Mapp was located in an apartment, hiding in a back bedroom. Deputy Marshals took Mapp into custody without incident. Deputy Randy Adams and Sgt. John Brookover of the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the seize. Mapp is being held in the Northern Regional Jail pending extradition to Hamilton County, Ohio.
Gary M. Gaskins, US Marshal for the Northern District of West Virginia stated, “The United States Marshals Service is committed to pursuing and apprehending sex offenders throughout the United States. These fugitives will not find a safe haven in West Virginia and the deputies from this district combined with local law enforcement will cast a wide net to dispense justice.”
The Mountain State Fugitive Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional task force led by the US Marshals Service, Northern District of West Virginia. Other member agencies are the West Virginia State Police, Ohio, Marshall, Brooke, Hancock, Wetzel and Tyler County Sheriff’s Departments, Wheeling Police Department, and the West Virginia Division of Corrections/Board of Parole. Local task force members include from the WCSD, Sheriff James Hoskins, Corporal Mike Koontz and Corporal Roger Spragg, Chief Deputy Rob Haught, and Deputy Eric Daugherty.
“I appreciate the efforts of the US Marshals Service and our local deputies in apprehending the subject,” said Sheriff Hoskins. “We have a good working relationship between my office and the US Marshals Service.” Hoskins added two drug-related arrests were also made at the site. One male and one female were arrested by Deputy Adams and Sgt. Brookover and are charged with possession of marijuana less than 15 grams. The two subjects will appear before a Wetzel County Magistrate.