U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security Service Locates and Helps Return Guy Osman Gould, Jr.
Special agents from the U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) located and returned fugitive Guy Osman Gould, Jr. from Western Samoa on September 28 following his apprehension and arrest by Samoan law enforcement personnel.
Gould is wanted in Florida on multiple counts of sexual battery and molestation. He fled the United States on August 31, 2010 to avoid prosecution in Hernando County according to the U.S Marshals Service.
Samoan police officers conducted the physical surveillance after locating Gould, and carried out his arrest without incident.
DSS, the State Department’s law enforcement arm, has representatives in U.S. embassies overseas and is respected for finding criminals who are attempting to hide from justice in other countries. Acting on a tip received at the U.S. Embassy in Samoa, DSS personnel verified Gould’s presence in Samoa, notified local authorities and learned that Gould likely entered Samoa on a 30-day tourist visa, subsequently extended to 60 days. DSS worked effectively and collaboratively with Samoan police and the U.S. Marshals Service to see Mr. Gould returned to the United States in a timely manner.
“Diplomatic Security’s Regional Security Office in Wellington, New Zealand worked closely with the U.S. Marshals Service, and our law enforcement counterparts on the island to locate and facilitate Gould’s return to the United States,” said Jeffrey W. Culver, Director of the Diplomatic Security Service. “This is an example of the unparalleled capability of Diplomatic Security to locate, pursue, and return fugitives. We are especially grateful to the Samoan police for their efforts in securing this arrest.”
Because the U.S. State Department's Diplomatic Security Service is the most widely represented law enforcement organization in the world, DSS's capability to track and capture fugitives who have fled U.S. jurisdiction to avoid prosecution is unmatched. During 2007, DSS assisted in the resolution of 113 international fugitive cases from over 30 different countries.
The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is the U.S. Department of State's law enforcement and security arm. The special agents, engineers, and security professionals of the Bureau are responsible for the security of 285 U.S. diplomatic missions around the world. In the United States, Diplomatic Security personnel protect the U.S. Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States, investigate passport and visa fraud, and conduct personnel security investigations. More information about the U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security may be obtained at www.state.gov/m/ds.