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Fugitive Chester Stiles Apprehended in Henderson

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Stiles made his first court appearance Wed. Oct. 17. Stiles made his first court appearance Wed. Oct. 17.
The graphic and disturbing videotape of a girl being sexually abused launched a nationwide manhunt for Chester Stiles. The tape was found in Pahrump by Darrin Tuck who is facing pornography charges. The graphic and disturbing videotape of a girl being sexually abused launched a nationwide manhunt for Chester Stiles. The tape was found in Pahrump by Darrin Tuck who is facing pornography charges.
The car that Stiles was driving when he was pulled over by Henderson police officers. The car that Stiles was driving when he was pulled over by Henderson police officers.
Henderson police officers Mike Dye (on the right) and Mike Gower were the officers who helped arrest Chester Stiles. Henderson police officers Mike Dye (on the right) and Mike Gower were the officers who helped arrest Chester Stiles.
Chester Stiles is arrested in Henderson, Nevada on Oct. 15, 2007. Chester Stiles is arrested in Henderson, Nevada on Oct. 15, 2007.

The nationwide search for a fugitive accused of raping a 2-year-old girl and videotaping the assault ended Monday night when Chester Arthur Stiles was arrested in Henderson during a routine traffic stop.

Billboards that asked for the public's help to find Stiles now show he has been captured. Stiles is being held in isolation at the Clark County Detention Center.

Chester Stiles Case Time Line

Stiles is facing numerous charges related to the alleged sexual assault of the child and videotaping the incident.

Stiles is facing a total of 24 counts listed as follows:

      • 11 counts of Sexual Assault with a victim under 14 years old
      • 1 count of Attempted Sexual Assault with a victim under 14 years old
      • 10 counts of Lewdness with a child under 14 years old
      • 1 count of Use of a Minor in Pornography
      • 1 federal count of Production of Child Pornography

Henderson Police Department officers Mike Dye and Mike Gower were the officers who helped arrest Chester Stiles. Monday night both officers spoke about the arrest of one of America's top Ten Most Wanted fugitives.

Officer Mike Gower said, "I feel pleased. I think we got a bad individual off the road and it feels good."

Officer Mike Dye said, "You know, people who are suspected of doing this stuff are going to eventually get caught. It's just a matter of time and that's our jobs as police officers all around the country to do that."

Officer Dye had pulled over the vehicle Stiles was driving in the area of Green Valley Parkway and Sunset Road because it did not have license plates. He called for back up and then Officer Gower arrived.

Stiles was arrested after telling the officers who he was and said he was tired of running.

According to The Associated Press, the mother of the girl raped in the explicit homemade videotape is so angry that she would kill her daughter's assailant if she could, her lawyer said Tuesday.

Henderson police stopped Stiles at Green Valley Parkway and Sunset at 7 p.m. 

Initially, Stiles handed officer Mike Dye a California driver's license. The picture on the license looked nothing like the driver of the car and the car had no license plates. When the officers questioned Stiles about the driver's license, he admitted who he was and said he was tired of running.

"He said, 'I'm Chester Stiles, the guy you're looking for,'" said Officer Dye.

Henderson Police contacted Metro, who is investigating the sexual assault and custody of Stiles was transferred to Metro.

Stiles has been wanted since Oct. 5 on warrants issued for 21 felony charges in connection with the acts seen on the videotape. The charges include lewdness with a minor, sexual assault and attempted sexual assault.

The graphic and disturbing videotape of a girl being sexually abused launched a nationwide manhunt for Chester Stiles. The tape was found in Pahrump by Darrin Tuck who is facing pornography charges because he held onto the tape for five months before turning it over to police.

On Sept. 21, the Nye County Sheriff released information that they were trying to identify a small girl seen on a video being sexually assaulted. One week later, the girl, now 7-years-old, was found safe in Las Vegas and the suspect on tape was identified as Chester Stiles.

SLIDESHOW: Compare Suspect on Video With Stiles

Metro's Criminal Apprehension Team made the search for Chester Stiles their top priority and the FBI was considering putting Stiles on their FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. Stiles was already wanted on state and federal warrants in a case alleging he groped a 6-year-old girl in 2003. Police had received hundreds of tips on Stiles, who they believed might be dangerous and possibly armed based on earlier arrests.

Attorney Jerry Donohue who represents the the young victim of the sexual assault shown on the videotape shared his feelings in a recent interview.

"I hope he digs a hole in the ground and puts a gun in his mouth."

Donohue revealed at the time of the sexual assault in 2003 the girl was not even three years old. Donohue also answered the question, which has flooded Channel 8 e-mail, how could Stiles have access to the girl long enough to videotape a sexual assault?

Attorney Jerry Donohue stated, "The daughter was left in the care of a babysitter to the best of the mother's knowledge. It occurred sometime during that time while the mother was at work."

In 2003, the victim and her mother lived with Tina Allen and her two children. Allen was dating Stiles at that time.

On Tuesday, Eyewitness News spoke with two former girlfriends of Chester Stiles. Both Elaine Thomas and Tina Allen say they've been anxiously awaiting his arrest for the last month.

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