Members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force located and arrested 26-year-old Samson W. Harong of Lihue, Kauai on Monday.

Harong was wanted by the Kauai Police Department on a bench warrant for Sexual Assault in the First Degree and Burglary in the First Degree.

On or about May 1, 2017, Harong was investigated by police for the alleged sexual assault of a child who was less than 14 years old. He is also alleged to have unlawfully entered a Lihue residence to commit this crime.

On October 19, 2017, the Fifth Circuit Court State of Hawaii issued a $1 million bench warrant for Harong. Detectives determined that Harong had already fled the island. He has little ties to the local community, being a citizen of the Federated States of Micronesia, and having only recently relocated to Kauai.

Leads were developed to indicate that Harong had fled to Northern California.

On December 4, 2017, at approximately 10:45 a.m. PST, members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force, which included task force officers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Enforcement and Removal Operations, Sacramento District Attorney’s Office and the California Department of Corrections, arrested Harong at a residence in Red Bluff, California. 

The fugitive was transported to the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office where he’s being held pending extradition hearings to be returned to Kauai.