One of Missouri’s most wanted fugitives is arrested in Springfield Monday. U.S. Marshals Service-Midwest Violent Fugitive Task Force closed in on James H. Eslinger near West Commercial Street in Springfield where he was taken into custody without incident. 

U.S. Marshal Mark S. James reports Eslinger was an unregistered sex-offender and had been on the run for two years.  Eslinger’s original offense occurred in 1998, when he was convicted of sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman in Battlefield, Missouri.  Eslinger disappeared from parole officers in the Kansas City, Missouri area in 2017, and remained on the run until this week. 

The U.S. Marshals Midwest Violent Fugitive Task Force—Springfield Division, operates in conjunction with members of several southwest Missouri law enforcement agencies to arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, drug offenses, sex offenders and other serious felonies.