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 January 28th, 2013  
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, FBI arrest Jacob Daniel West, accused of sexual assault on a child in Harris County, Texas
The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office and FBI agents in Fort Pierce have arrested a 33-year-old man wanted in Harris County, Texas, for sexual assault on a child, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"St. Lucie County Sheriff's detectives and FBI agents took Jacob Daniel West, 33 (DOB 7/22/1979) into custody around 1:30 p.m. outside the Sleep Inn Hotel, 2715 Cross Road Parkway, Fort Pierce," Sheriff Mascara said. "Mr. West had two loaded semiautomatic pistols when he was apprehended. A juvenile female was with Mr. West. She was unharmed. The Florida Department of Children and Families has been notified. She is awaiting her return to Texas where she lives."

The female was the subject of an Amber Alert from Texas.

Sheriff Mascara said the Sheriff's Office is investigating to determine if any crimes were committed in St. Lucie County. West was travelling in a 2005 GMC Envoy S.U.V. Sheriff's investigators have impounded the vehicle and are seeking a search warrant to examine the vehicle.

Participating in the investigation in Houson, Texas, were the United States Marshals Service Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force and the FBI Houston Division Violent Crime Task Force.

Information received by law enforcement led Sheriff's detectives and FBI agents to the hotel where West was taken into custody. He is charged with being a fugitive from justice from the State of Texas (warrant number 02660453) on a charge of sexual assault on a child under 17 years of age.

This afternoon he will be taken to the St. Lucie County jail in Fort Pierce.

The case originated in Harris County, Texas.

Here is a locator map link to the Sleep Inn, 2715 Cross Road Parkway, Fort Pierce: http://goo.gl/maps/lb8UX

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