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|Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:49 am Post subject: Fugitive in Mexico Brought back to Butler County, 09-27-2011
|For Immediate Release… September 27, 2011
Fugitive Found in Mexico Returned to U.S. - Now in Butler County Jail
Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones is pleased to report that Alfredo Lopez Cruz, who is wanted in connection with the brutal kidnapping and rape of a 9-year-old Hamilton girl back in 2005, has finally returned to Butler County. An almost six-year manhunt for Cruz ended last March when he was arrested by the Mexican Federales and imprisoned in Mexico City pending extradition to the United States. Last week, Sheriff’s Deputies were notified by the Department of Justice and the US Marshals Office that Cruz had cleared the final extradition process, and arrangements were made for his transfer back to Ohio.
Deputy Paul Newton, of the Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit, had tirelessly worked tracking Cruz down over the last several years and eventually gained information of his where-a-bouts deep inside Mexico. Working with various US Federal Authorities and Agencies, Newton’s efforts resulted in the Department of Justice issuing a Provisional Arrest Warrant last February. Mexican authorities acted on that warrant in March when they arrested Cruz. Newton traveled to Texas where US Marshals transferred custody of Cruz to Butler County authorities earlier today. Cruz has been brought back to Butler County, and is now, tonight, in the Butler County Jail. It is expected he will have his first court appearance in this matter sometime within the next several days.
Sheriff Jones is extremely pleased about the return of Cruz to Butler County. “Deputy Newton has, once again, done an exceptional job and gotten his man,” said Sheriff Jones. It’s way past time for this guy, who we’re pretty sure was in this country illegally when the brutal crimes happened back in 2005, to face some American justice.”
Prepared by: Sgt. Monte Mayer
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