Fugitive arrested off Fort Myers Beach wanted for raping children in Washington state

Published: May 18, 2021 6:44 PM EDT
Updated: May 19, 2021 8:54 AM EDT

A wanted man was apprehended by authorities after hiding out on his boat on the south end of Fort Myers Beach.

Trevor Zurstadt was arrested by customs agents and U.S. Marshals. He had been on the run for five months.

Zurstadt is wanted for felony rape of an 11-year-old and a 13-year-old in Washington state. He remains in Lee County Jail at this time and awaits extradition to Washington.

Early on Monday morning, U.S. Custom and Border Protection agents from Fort Myers teamed up with the Marshals Fugitive Task Force to track down and arrest Zurstadt using their specialized boat.

Arrests at sea are one of the jobs of customs and border protection aviation and marine operations units.

This is the kind of training they do on a regular basis in order to conduct this type of operation.

Agents boarded a sailboat near Big Carlos Pass to execute a warrant, according to a CBP news release.

“Our agents working closely with US Marshals took a dangerous individual into custody without incident,” said Alex Rodriguez, Fort Myers supervisory marine interdiction agent. “Employing unique resources from both agencies fostered the success of this mission.”

Lee County detectives interviewed Zurstadt with Washington detectives participating remotely. They say he made many admissions related to the case.

Detectives in Washington state are working to figure out if there are more victims.