MORRISTOWN, Tenn. — A Colorado fugitive who spent almost two years on the run was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Morristown Thursday.
Pete Custer, 65, was number eight on Colorado’s Top 100 Sex Offender Fugitive List. He had been on the run since February of 2017.
He was located and arrested on Thursday at approximately 10:00 am at a grocery store in Morristown, TN, by the U.S. Marshals Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force.
In 1991, Custer was convicted in Los Angeles County, California, of Lewd and Lascivious Acts with a Minor under the Age of 14. Custer was in and out of prison for a number of years in California, and later fled to Colorado where he was arrested and imprisoned on additional charges.
Upon his release from prison in Colorado, he fled his term of parole and was on the run again until his arrest today in Tennessee.
Deputy U.S. Marshals in Colorado began their search for Custer earlier this month, and coordinated with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as part of their efforts to locate fugitives on the state’s Top 100 Most Wanted Fugitive Sex Offender list.
According to a press release, the trail for Custer went cold in Key West, Florida, where he obtained an identification card with a general delivery address in 2017.
However, renewed investigative efforts by the Colorado Deputy U.S. Marshals led to a possible location in the East Tennessee area. Further investigation by Deputy U.S. Marshals in the Eastern District of Tennessee zeroed in on Custer’s location and led to today’s safe apprehension.
Custer now faces state Sex Offender Registry charges in Tennessee, in addition to the charges he already had in Colorado and California.