Officials: U.S. Marshals Offer $5,000 Reward In Kidnapping, Sexual Assault Of Girl,14

Regional Desk: The U.S. Marshals are offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the capture of a Pennsylvania man who is charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, and terroristic threats against a 14-year-old girl in October.

Marshals said John Vincent Watson, 45, is alleged to have held the girl captive for three days in October, taking her to a Luzerne (north of Philadelphia) apartment and two hotels, where the abuse allegedly took place.

Oct. 25, Watson left a Plains hotel room, and the victim was able to call 911. She was rescued by Plains Township Police.

“The U.S. Marshals Service and its task force partners seek the public’s assistance in the apprehension of this fugitive to ensure the victim can seek justice,” said U.S. Marshal for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Martin Pane. “The crimes alleged are extremely severe.”

Watson is a black male, with black hair and brown eyes. He is 6 feet 1 inch and weighs approximately 200 pounds. He should be considered armed and dangerous said the Marshals Service. He has ties throughout Pennsylvania, as well as Los Angeles.

Anyone with information on Watson’s whereabouts can contact the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-877-WANTED2 or use the USMS Tips App.

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