SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – A man accused of rape in Agawam has been captured by federal agents nearly two thousand miles away.
The U.S. Marshals Service says that 34-year-old John Blomquist, formerly of Agawam, was arrested outside a bar in Moab, Utah Wednesday.
Blomquist was wanted on an outstanding warrant from the Agawam Police Department dating back to August 2012, accusing him of two felony counts of rape of a child.
During the search for Blomquist, the Marshals say in a statement that Blomquist was “actively taunting” investigators by sending out postcards stating “catch me if you can.”
Investigators with the Mass. State Police and U.S. Marshals discovered that Blomquist was living in Moab, Ut. under an alias of Bradley Scott Allen.
After some surveillance in the area, deputy Marshals saw Blomquist leave a business and get into a car. Marshals then approached him and identified himself as Bradley Scott Allen.
However, the Marshals note that once confronted, Blomquist allegedly declared his true idenity.
“It was important for all of us to make this case a top priority based upon the charges against Blomquist and the information we were receiving during our investigation. All of the agencies involved worked tirelessly on this investigation until the moment he was captured,” adds U.S. Marshal John Gibbons.
At the time of his arrest, the Marshals say that Blomquist was allegedly in possession of a gun and additional charges are pending in Utah.
Blomquist remains in custody in Utah and is awaiting a return to Hampden County for further court proceedings.