Local fugitive wanted by FBI captured

By: KKCO - Email
By: KKCO - Email

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo (KKCO) The FBI Denver Division would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance in identifying the whereabouts of James David Tiner.

After seeing the publicity given to accused sexual assault suspect James David Tiner, citizens from Garfield County, Colorado, provided tips to law enforcement that lead to his arrest. Late on Friday, December 21, 2012, law enforcement officers from the New Castle Police Department received tips from concerned citizens regarding the possible location of Tiner.

Tiner and his vehicle were identified, after a short pursuit, law enforcement from New Castle Police Department, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, and FBI apprehended Tiner at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 22, 2012.

Tiner is being held on a no bond warrant in the Garfield County Detention Facility for the Palisade Police Department. No court date has been set in this case.

James David Tiner, 59, is a former music teacher who allegedly took advantage of his 8-year-old student when she came to his Palisade home for lessons.

The incidents happened between Sept. 2009 and June 2010, according to the victim’s mother, who originally reported the abuse to police.

Investigators say Tiner had at least four sexual encounters with the girl, and when his home was searched, officers discovered videos and photographs of the victim in the nude.

The FBI reports that Tiner also had pictures of other unknown, underage girls. After the investigation was complete, he was charged with sexual assault on a child, sexual assault on a child—pattern of abuse, and sexual assault on a child by on in a position of trust.

The FBI says Tiner was last seen in Little Rock, Arkansas, on June 15, 2012, where he has ties.

Tiner—who also goes by Dave or “Music Dave”— is a white man with brown hair and blue eyes, standing 5-feet 11-inches and weighing 155 pounds.

He may be driving a red Isuzu Rodeo with Colorado registration 577YGP or an unknown Arkansas plate. Since he is known as an outdoorsman, investigators think he may be staying in campgrounds or national parks, accompanied by a dog name “Kili.” He also has a history of drug abuse.

In April 2012, the Mesa County Court issued a state arrest warrant for Tiner, and in June, the U.S. District Court for Colorado sent out a federal arrest warrant after Tiner was charged with unlawful flight to avoid persecution.


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