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Posted: Monday, April 21, 2008 7:51 pm | Updated: 11:38 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

East Valley law enforcement agencies were members of a task force that captured one of "America's Most Wanted" fugitives as he was playing soccer on Sunday.

Robert Gaye, 32, who eluded the law for nearly two years, was arrested by the FBI's and U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force in Glendale after tips came in to the popular Fox network show on Saturday.

Gaye is wanted by Hennepin County in Minnesota in a sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl on May 2, 2006, according to the FBI.

The Scottsdale and Mesa police departments and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office also were members of the fugitive task force, according to Manuel Johnson, spokesman for the FBI's Field Office in Phoenix.

So far, law enforcement with the help of "America's Most Wanted," has captured 998 fugitives in show's 21-year history, according to Michelle Sagunno, a correspondent for the show. Gaye was featured on the show Saturday as one of "Fifty Fugitives from Fifty States" and now is awaiting extradition to Minnesota, according to the FBI.

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