Central Point man accused of child rape, arrested in Sacramento

Detectives worked with law enforcement in Sacramento to find and arrest 38-year-old Thomas Cox after he fled there.

Posted: Jun 14, 2021 12:42 PM
Updated: Jun 14, 2021 12:48 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A local man suspected of raping a child was tracked down and arrested in Sacramento last week, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

JCSO said that the crime happened in Central Point. At some point the suspect, 58-year-old Thomas Grant Cox, learned that the victim had disclosed the crime and "armed himself while making suicidal statements to a family member," the agency said.

According to court documents, the sex abuse occurred between 2014 and 2015. The victim was under the age of twelve at the time.

Cox reportedly went to ground in Sacramento. Detectives started working with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office to pinpoint Cox's location. Surveillance from Sacramento deputies began on Wednesday, the same day that Jackson County issued a warrant for Cox's arrest.

On Thursday, JCSO detectives traveled south to serve a search warrant at Cox's location. After 4 p.m. that day, Cox left the address in a vehicle before he was stopped by the Sacramento Sheriff's SWAT team. He was taken into custody without incident.

Detectives interviewed Cox in California, and he was lodged in the Sacramento County Jail on two counts of first-degree Rape and two counts of first-degree Sex Abuse. His bail has been set at $1 million.

JCSO said that an extradition process will be necessary before Cox can be brought back to Jackson County.

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