Joint Operation Snags Wanted Sex Offender
Marion County Sheriff John Layton announced today that Deputy Sheriffs, working in conjunction with the United States Marshals Service and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), arrested Kevin L Hatwood, 29, a wanted sex offender. The Deputies were conducting an ongoing sex offender investigation and discovered that Hatwood was hiding in a motel room. Hatwood was determined to be wanted on an active felony warrant issued by the Marion Superior Court for violation of sex offender registry requirements stemming from a rape conviction in 2001. During the investigation, Deputies found two loaded handguns, marijuana and cocaine in the room. Investigators from the ATF responded and assisted Deputies with the investigation to pursue possible federal charges.
The arrest of Hatwood stems from the current and ongoing joint initiation between the Marion County Sheriff's office and US Marshals Service to aggressively seek wanted sex offenders. Hatwood was formally charged by the Marion County Prosecutor's Office for possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, a class B felony; possession of cocaine and a firearm, a class C felony; and possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor.
Anyone wanting to report the whereabouts of a wanted person can contact Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at (317) 262-TIPS or via the web at www.crimetips.org. A cash reward is available.