HCSO Top 12 Most Wanted Fugitive Matthew Neil Defriese Apprehended; Woman Says He Raped Her Jan. 21

Monday, February 5, 2018
Matthew Neil Defriese
Matthew Neil Defriese

A man on the Hamilton County Sheriff's Top 12 Most Wanted Fugitive List was arrested on Monday night.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., the Sheriff's Office Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (FAST), HCSO Narcotics Division Personnel, and the HCSO K-9 Unit apprehended Matthew Neil Defriese.

Defriese was arrested on outstanding warrants for rape, four counts of theft of property, vandalism, resisting arrest, criminal trespass and assault. Defriese was booked into the Hamilton County Jail.

In an incident on Jan. 21, a woman said she was at her home in her bedroom with her daughter and a man she knew as Matt, or Wabbit.

She said the daughter said she had a headache so she went to her room to lie down.

The woman said Matt then forced himself upon her.

After he left, the woman called police. She turned over a towel she believed Matt used after the incident.

She was offered a ride to the Rape Crisis Center, but she said she would go on her own.

Authorities said she later called saying she had gone to the center. She also said the man's name was Matthew Neil Defriese.


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