The US Marshal’s Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, with assistance from the Riley County Police Department, Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Highway Patrol, arrested 32-year-old Jeffrey Gilseth and 32-year-old Maria Gilseth on Wednesday.
The couple was wanted in Killeen on charges of Interference with Child Custody and Unlawful Restraint. Arrest warrants were issued in Texas for the married couple on February 21 after they took their three children unlawfully and fled a supervised visitation with the children.
The children were previously ordered removed from the couple’s custody and were court-ordered to reside with other adult relatives. The USMS adopted the case and began a fugitive investigation.
The couple’s vehicle was spotted in Riley County, Kansas at a toll booth by the Fugitive Task Force and officers saw and followed the vehicle until it arrived at a safe place to coordinate the arrest.
Shortly before 1:00 p.m., the vehicle was blocked in by officers at the I-70 East Turnpike Toll Gate in Topeka, Kansas and both subjects were taken into custody without incident.
The three minor children were also recovered safely.
Maria Gilseth’s brother, Reid Blundell, says he’s happy his nephews are safe and will most likely be handed over to thier grandparents.
‘It’s just a sad situation all the way round. Knowing now, going forward, that the boys are going to have even less contact with thier mother and father,” Blundell says.
He also says he doesn’t think the kids were in any danger, but because of the couple’s history of family violence, it was always a fear.
“I never thought my sister would. I think there was a giant question mark as to what extent, you know, Jeffery might go to if confronted,” Blundell says.
According to authorities, eleven-year-old Hunter, nine-year-old Dylan and four-year-old Levi are a juvenile intake and assessment center.
Kansas US Marshal Ron Miller says, “This is another example of the daily coordination and cooperation between federal, state, and local law enforcement professionals who work to protect children in our society every day. Missing and exploited children cases are among the duties and responsibilities of the US Marshals Service.”
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Source: U.S. Marshals of Kansas