Joseph Skelton, arrested in Denver, had been sought on an Aug. 5 warrant after he failed to return his daughters to their grandmother’s home in Logan County in Illinois.
“This was a great collaboration between the U.S. Marshals Service and the Denver Police Department,” said Ken Deal, U.S. Marshal for the District of Colorado. “Things are so much more urgent and stressful when the lives of children are at stake. Children are our country’s future, and they must be protected at all costs.”
Skelton picked up his daughters from their grandmother’s home for a visit July 13, but he then fled the state, according to a news release by Dante Salazar of the U.S. Marshals.
Authorities were searching for Skelton — a purported member of the United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan — in Illinois, South Carolina and Colorado since July 15.
Police and U.S. Marshals agents tracked Skelton to a home near East 35th Avenue and Quebec Street. They arrested him at 7:30 a.m., Salazar said.
Child Protective Services took custody of the girls Friday.
Skelton, who was booked into the Denver Detention Center, has a lengthy criminal history that includes arrests for narcotics, burglary, assault, robbery and arson.