A five-month-long search for a Massachusetts fugitive accused of raping a child and fleeing the state came to a close Thursday in Florida, according to Massachusetts State Police.
John Munroe, 75, was arrested in Deland, Florida, and charged as a fugitive from justice, police said.
Fall River police, state police, and federal authorities have been searching for Munroe since he cut off a GPS monitoring device and fled in October. In September, Munroe was arrested in Fall River for allegedly sexually assaulting a child who was younger than 10. He’s been on state police’s most wanted list since December.
Investigators combed multiple states looking for leads into Munroe’s whereabouts. On Thursday, police said they determined that he had rented an apartment in Deland and federal authorities began watching the residence. Around 10:45 a.m., investigators, along with a Massachusetts trooper who had been involved in the investigation and happened to be vacationing in Florida, arrested Munroe.
Munroe will be transferred back to Massachusetts, where he faces charges of rape of a child with force, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, aggravated rape of a child, enticing a child under age 16, posing or exhibiting a child in a nude or lascivious manner, and possession of child pornography, according to police.