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Warwick Fugitive Arrested By U.S. Marshals In California

The US District Courthouse in Providence, RI.
The US District Courthouse in Providence, RI.
The US District Courthouse in Providence, RI.

PROVIDENCE, RI — U.S. Attorney Aaron L. Weisman reports a Warwick man convicted on federal drug and firearms charges wanted for violating the terms of his federal supervised release has been arrested by theU.S. Marshals Service San Diego Fugitive Task Force in Oceanside, CA.

Derrick Watters, 42, was convicted June 2010 on  the charges and sentenced in September 2010 to 12.5 years in federal prison. He was released at the end of that sentence under federally supervised parole.

Weisman’s office alleges that on Nov. 26, 2019, Derrick Watters, 42, assaulted his girlfriend and prevented her from using her cell phone to call police for assistance. A subsequent investigation by Warwick Police resulted in the seizure of a firearm and ammunition from the home allegedly belonging to Watters. Watters fled the residence prior to the arrival of Warwick Police.

Members of the Rhode Island Violent Fugitive Task Force and Warwick Police worked through the Thanksgiving holiday into this week, tracking Watters to Oceanside, CA.  On Wednesday, members of the San Diego Fugitive Task Force apprehended Watters in Oceanside.

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Warwick Police have charged Watters with domestic assault – strangulation, refusal to relinquish a telephone, simple assault, disorderly conduct, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Watters is being held at the Western Region Detention Center Facility in San Diego, CA. He is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in San Diego later today.

The matter of Watters allegedly violating the terms of his federal supervised is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ly T. Chin.

Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.