Fugitive from Alaska arrested in Hilo


The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, federal Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agents, and Hawaii Police Department on Tuesday arrested a 58-year-old Alaskan fugitive at the Wailoa Boat Ramp in Hilo.

Thomas Dye of Ketchikan, Alaska, was wanted on a felony no-bail arrest warrant for violating his conditions of supervised release.

On April 15, 2010, Dye was arrested by U.S. Marshals for defrauding the U.S. Government of $257,000 by falsely claiming for a combat service-connected disability. At the time of arrest Dye, who had been convicted of a felony in 1996 in Oregon, was illegally in possession of two firearms.

On Jan. 27, 2011, Dye was sentenced to two years in federal prison and three years of supervised release, the federal equivalent of probation.

After his release from federal prison, Dye violated his supervised release and a felony arrest warrant was issued on Aug. 28, 2013 by the U.S. Marshals at which time Dye fled Alaska. In addition to the federal fraud and firearm convictions, Dye’s criminal history includes resisting arrest, assault, and multiple convictions for carrying a concealed firearm.

U.S. Marshals tracked Dye to Kona and later to Hilo, and determined that Dye was involved with the fishing industry in Hilo. Intelligence suggested Dye was carrying a firearm again.

Dye was arrested without incident at about 3:30 a.m. at the boat ramp while attempting to board a fishing boat. He was temporarily booked in to the Hilo police pending transport to the U.S. Marshals’ cellblock in Honolulu.

Dye will be arraigned before a federal judge in Honolulu before being taken back to Alaska on the arrest warrant.

 

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