NORFOLK, Va. – Thanks to a Crime Line tip, a convicted sex offender on the run from new sexual assault charges has been arrested on the opposite side of the country. Daniel Arnold Nickerson, 59, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals in San Francisco last night.
In September of 2013, Norfolk police charged and arrested Nickerson on two counts of aggravated sexual battery and one count of indecent liberties with a minor. Nickerson received a bond on these charges in March of 2014. When Nickerson failed to show for subsequent hearings in relation to these charges in June 2014, a warrant was issued for his arrest, and it was believed he had gone on the run.
The investigation into Nickerson's whereabouts received a substantial boost when the Norfolk Crime Line received a tip earlier this year with information that Nickerson was possibly hiding among the homeless population in the San Francisco area. The U.S. Marshals in Norfolk contacted the San Francisco office of the U.S. Marshals-led Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force with this information. The Marshals in San Francisco then began investigating Nickerson’s possible whereabouts in the Bay Area. The investigation came to an end last night when the Marshals task force located and arrested Nickerson in downtown San Francisco, outside of a homeless shelter.
Nickerson was also wanted by the Virginia State Police for failure to register as a sex offender. In 2005, Nickerson was convicted in Connecticut on a charge of risk of injury to a minor child, for an offense that occurred in 1989.
Nickerson is being held at the San Francisco County Jail awaiting extradition to Virginia.
(Press release disseminated in partnership with the U.S. Marshals Service)