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Detroit's Most Wanted: Nationwide manhunt for alleged sex offender Darryl Fernald after he cuts off tether

Posted at 12:13 PM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-21 11:15:48-05

(WXYZ) — This week, the U.S. Marshals need help tracking down a man with a lengthy criminal history and crimes that are escalating.

A nationwide manhunt is on for a fugitive the U.S Marshals believe is hiding in Detroit.

The U.S. Marshals say Darryl Fernald has been given chance after chance to turn his life around, but instead he’s cut off his tether, and he’s topping the Most Wanted list.

"It's not safe to have someone running around who is breaking into people's houses and committing heinous acts of violence against people," said U.S. Marshal Justin Efthemiou.

39-year-old Darryl Fernald has been convicted of crimes throughout the state of Michigan.

"He has a very lengthy criminal history and this includes fleeing and eluding, failure to register as a sex offender, he has numerous breaking and enterings, home invasion, resisting and obstruction of police," said Efthemiou.

Fernald was most recently convicted for a 2017 home invasion.

"He brutally assaulted the mother of his child, he broke into her house," said Efthemiou.

And when he was released from prison, Efthemiou told 7 Action News' Ann Marie LaFlamme that Fernald cut off his tether and has been on the run ever since.

While the majority of Fernald's convictions are in Michigan, in Wayne and Bay counties, he's also wanted in Florida.

"He's been in Florida, but we believe he's in Detroit, we believe the family is assisting him in evading capture," said Efthemiou.

Darryl Fernald has noticable tattoos on his forearms. He's 6-feet tall and 210 pounds.

"He had multiple opportunities to be rehabilitated by the system, but instead he has chose to continue to commit crimes and acts of violence, and he's stepped up his game," said Efthemiou.

As always, there's a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest of Darryl Fernald. You can call the U.S. Marshals anytime at (313) 234-5656.