Utah sex offender sought in kidnapping is arrested in California
A man being sought for allegedly kidnapping and sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy in Ogden was caught in California after more than a month of searching.
Deputy U.S. Marshals and members of California's Eureka Police Department arrested Ryan Mitchell Schaffer, 33, in Eureka, Calif., on Friday, according to a statement by Ogden Police.
Ogden had issued an extraditable warrant for Schaffer for one count of aggravated kidnapping and three counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, all felonies. Schaffer is a registered sex offender in Utah.
Police say Schaffer approached the teen at a FrontRunner station on July 3 and threatened him with a knife. Schaffer allegedly took the boy all over Ogden over the next three days and forced the boy to have sex, sometimes at gunpoint. Schaffer reportedly took the boy to a house on the 600 block of 32nd Street and told the residents the 14-year-old was his cousin.
Ogden police were unable to find Schaffer in the Ogden area, so they enlisted the help of the U.S. Marshals' Joint Criminal Apprehension Team.