Suspect arrested in Blaine

Surveillance in Blaine ultimately led officers to a house there which they raided Wednesday evening and arrested a man wanted on child rape charges.  

A fugitive wanted on accusations of violently raping two children was captured Wednesday by the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force in Blaine, according to law enforcement officials.

The 36-year-old man is accused of assaulting the two girls in Yakima Oct. 10, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshal's Service, one of the agencies in the task force.

The task force started receiving tips about the man after he was profiled on the television show "Washington's Most Wanted," and on Tuesday officers learned he was traveling back and forth between Bellingham and Blaine, according to the release.

Surveillance in Blaine ultimately led officers to a house there, which they raided Wednesday evening. He was taken into custody after briefly hiding in the home, Blaine police said. 

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He is being held on suspicion of four counts of first-degree rape of a child, two counts of child molestation, and one count of assault of a child in the third degree.

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