An Illinois man who was wanted for sexual crimes against a child was booked into a Utah jail for a fugitive from justice warrant.
Utah does not harbor Fugitives
38 year old Ivan Faunce who was reported to be a violent criminal wanted for sexual crimes against a child, was arrested Wednesday evening by U.S. Marshals. Faunce had allegedly been living on a farm in a motor home, possibly for several weeks as he had been evading U.S. Marshals. Faunce initially refused to leave the motor home, threatening to shoot himself with a pistol on his possession. Faunce finally relented, and was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on a fugitive from justice warrant.
Fugitive from justice warrant
Utah Code 77-30-13 states regarding a fugitive from justice warrant: “ Whenever any person within this state shall be charged on the oath of any credible person before any judge or magistrate of this state with the commission of any crime in any other state, and, except in cases arising under Section 77-30-6 that he has fled from justice, or with having been convicted of a crime in that state and having escaped from confinement, or having broken the terms of his bail, probation or parole, ( . . . )the judge or magistrate shall issue a warrant directed to any peace officer commanding him to apprehend the person named therein, wherever he may be found in this state, and to bring him before the same or any judge, magistrate or court who or which may be available in or convenient of access to the place where the arrest may be made, to answer the charge or complaint and affidavit, and a certified copy of the sworn charge or complaint and affidavit upon which the warrant is issued shall be attached to the warrant.”
Criminal Penalties if you flee
By choosing to flee, Faunce only temporarily held off facing the criminal charges from his offenses back in Illinois, and now he also has two third degree felonies in Utah-both fugitive from justice warrants. Additionally, he will not have the option of getting bailed out of jail as bond is only set for those not considered a flight risk. He has already proven that he cannot be trusted to stay in town. Running rarely ends up well for those facing criminal charges. A fugitive from justice warrant never expires which means those running will be running for the rest of their lives or until they are caught, whichever comes first. For more information on handling criminal charges responsibly, contact a criminal defense attorney.