One of southern Nevada’s most wanted was captured thanks in part to channel 8 viewers.
Zarlin Thomas was considered dangerous and on the run. He was wanted by both federal agents and local police.
8 News Now aired a story on him on Sept. 19, it went viral in southern Nevada and was shared on Facebook many times. The U.S. Marshals received several tips.
Thomas was caught Tuesday near Rancho Drive and Washington Avenue without incident.
The 42-year-old man has a rap sheet dating back to at least the 1990s. Clark County court records show previous arrests for drug crimes, gun crimes and child abuse.
A federal warrant was issued since Thomas is accused of violating his supervised release for federal drug charges. And he was wanted by Metro Police for sexual assault, kidnapping, domestic battery by strangulation, and more.
Thomas is now in custody at the Clark County Detention Center.
In Sept. the I-Team rode along with the lead deputy marshal who was looking for Thomas.
“He’s just doing a good job of staying low, staying off the grid, he’s a smart convicted felon so he knows the game. He knows of he makes a mistake, he’s going to go back to prison and when he does, he’s probably not going to get out for a very long time.”
The marshal’s identity was not revealed due to the kind of work he does.
The District of Nevada U.S. Marshal Gary Schofield says this is another example of how law enforcement and the community can work together.