HLN’s ‘The Hunt’ Helps Capture Man Wanted for Sexual Assault of Child 5 Days After Premiere

“We’re psyched that one episode in, HLN viewers helped — to quote John [Walsh] — catch a creep,” HLN spokesperson says

John Walsh on "Anderson Cooper 360"

The U.S. Marshals Service took fugitive Dino Curcio into custody on Thursday, only five days after he was profiled on HLN’s “The Hunt with John Walsh.”

The former “America’s Most Wanted” host now exposes bad guys on CNN’s sister network, HLN. The premiere of Season 2 profiled Curcio, who was wanted on charges of sexual assault of a child by a person in a position of trust — but he is now in custody.

“We’re psyched that one episode in, HLN viewers helped — to quote John — catch a creep,” an HLN spokesperson told TheWrap.

A warrant was issued for Curcio in April 2012 out of Boulder, Colorado District Court with alleged offenses dating back to 2005. After Sunday night’s episode aired, “The Hunt” Tip Line received more than a dozen tips.

Two of the tips received by the Marshals were developed into information that placed Curcio in Deer Park, a suburb about 40 miles northwest of Chicago. The Marshals in Denver sent the urgent lead to the Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, and task force members responded to the address, located Curcio and took him into custody without incident.

The first season of “The Hunt” aired on CNN but the second season is on HLN because breaking news and live events regularly bumped Walsh’s show. It appears HLN viewers are just as eager to help capture what Walsh often refers to as “creeps.”

“The Hunt with John Walsh” airs on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET on HLN.