MENA, Ark. — According to U.S. Marshals, a Mena man has been arrested for rape after fleeing with his wife and four children.
He was captured Wednesday, July 10 in Manitoba, Canada.
According to KFSM, Chad Voelkel, 38, is facing rape charges out of Polk County.
It’s reported that he skipped a plea negotiation and trial date in May. Authorities then discovered that Voelkel had left Arkansas with his wife, Stephanie, and four of their six children.
The four children, ages ranging from four to 16, have been missing since May 23 and were considered endangered by the Polk County’s Sheriff’s Office.
Chad Voelkel was arrested on the charge of permitting abuse of a minor, while his wife was arrested for permitting abuse of a child.
The four children are safe and in the custody of Canadian Officials.
The U.S. Marshals Service and Polk County Sheriff’s Office say they would like to thank the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canadian Border Services Agency, U.S. Attorney Dak Kees, and the U.S. Department of Justice International Branch for helping capture Chad and Stephanie Voelkel.