Fugitive returning to Seymour in 1999 case

Editor’s note: This story has been updated

Authorities are announcing this morning that a fugitive suspected in a 1999 sexual assault and kidnapping case in Seymour has been captured.

61 year-old Charles Hollin has been arrested in Oregon by the FBI on federal charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and identity theft. The case stems from the January 1999 abduction and sexual assault of a 10-year-old Seymour girl.

U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said Hollin will be returned to Jackson County for felony charges related to that case. The Jackson County Prosecutor filed charges of confinement with a deadly weapon and child molestation again Hollin in February of 2000.

Minkler said officers trying to find Hollin learned that he had been working in Oregon under the identity of Andrew Hall, an 8-year-old boy who died in a car accident in 1975.

Hollin could face up to eight years in prison if convicted on the federal charges but faces decades in prison if convicted on the local charges.

Authorities accuse Hollin of luring the girl to his vehicle by claiming his keys were stuck inside. They allege that he then captured her at knife point and assaulted her, before leaving her naked by the side of the road.

Police searching for him after the crime said they were told by people who knew Hollin that he had access to fake hairpieces and other items to disguise his identity and had bragged about how easy it is to change your identity and disappear. A federal warrant was issued for him on the flight charges in 2007.

Minkler said that in December, the FBI determined through use of Facial Analysis, Comparison and Evaluation (FACE) services that Hollin may be residing in Salem, Ore. under the assumed name. He was arrested at his job earlier this week and he is currently being held by the U.S. Marshall’s Service.

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