PAWNEE COUNTY, Okla. — Law enforcement from Tulsa, Creek and Pawnee Counties were on standby on Friday night as the U.S. Marshals took into custody a sex offender who is on the most wanted list, officials say.
The fugitive -- 39-year-old Christian Johan Bjorgaard of Corpus Christi -- was wanted by the Texas Rangers. Documents show he was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender, unlawful possession of a firearm and domestic assault.
His victims for the sex offenses were a 6-year-old and 10-year-old girl, Texas records state. According to records, he had been ordered to register as an offender for life.
Bjorgaard (aka "Cowboy") was arrested Friday evening near Terlton without incident. Pawnee County officials say he had been staying in a travel trailer there, but they still aren't sure about his tie to the area or if he has one.
The Texas Rangers initially got a tip about Bjorgaard and notified the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. As the investigation continued, authorities were led to believe he was staying in rural Pawnee County, and contacted PCSO.
'We gathered intel for about three weeks, watching him, watching the place," Pawnee County Undersheriff Richard Sterling said. "The Marshals decided this was the night to move in and arrest him."
As first reported by 2 Works For You, investigators surrounded the travel trailer and were able to take Bjorgaard into custody without a fight, Sterling said.
Earlier in the night, several Oklahoma Highway Patrol units stopped to meet in Creek County, about 15 miles from where the warrant was served, which sparked concern in Mannford. We're told it was only a meeting spot as units took a break waiting to see if they would be needed for backup.
Bjorgaard is being held at the Pawnee County Jail on the Texas charges until arraignment next week and extradition. The protective order he reportedly has violated carries no bond; the weapons charge carries a $100,000 bond and the failure to register charge carries a $25,000 bond -- all through the Texas courts.
Sterling tells 2 Works For You the investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.
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