John Walsh's new show leads police to suspect in just 8 days

The suspect was featured on the July 20 episode of "The Hunt" on CNN.
By Evan Bleier  |  July 29, 2014 at 8:10 AM
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NEW YORK, July 29 (UPI) -- A 32-year-old suspected sex offender was tracked down by authorities in New York eight days after he was featured on an episode of John Walsh's "The Hunt."

The episode aired on CNN on July 20 and authorities got their first real lead about Charles Mozdir's whereabouts in over a year when an anonymous tipster called in and said they had seen the suspect 10 months ago.

"It was the newest information we had," Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Steve Jurman told CNN. "Our case went cold in 2012. He was definitely living on cash, with a good fake ID. He was off our grid."

The episode aired again Sunday night and a viewer called in with an address for Mozdir.

Mozdir was wanted in connection to a 2012 California child molestation case.

An NYPD detective and two U.S. marshals attempted to arrest Mozdir at his workplace on Monday and he was killed during a shootout. The officers were wounded during the firefight, but their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

"This is our first capture. I'm very sorry that those police officers got wounded in the line of duty, but this is one more lowlife that's off the streets," Walsh said after Mozdir's death. He did say that it was a "tough ending."

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