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For Immediate Release

Contact:
December 19, 2011 DUSM Amanda Lyons, District of South Carolina
(803) 765-5479
Aiken Fugitive, Eric Joe Cabrera, had his Home for the Holidays Interrupted by the U.S. Marshals

Columbia, SC - Eric Joe Cabrera, also known as “Chico the Mexican”, was arrested as he exited a Greyhound Bus in the wee hours of Saturday morning by Alice Police Department in Alice, TX. Cabrera had been residing in the Columbia area and is associated with the “Crips” gang.

Cabrera traveled to the city of Aiken with an individual he met at Occupy Columbia in early December and on December 13, Cabrera was charged with one count of Lewd Act on a Minor and one count of Solicitation of Minor after he allegedly asked a small child to perform oral sex stemming from an incident that occurred on December 6. Cabrera fled the Aiken area soon after the alleged incident and returned to Columbia seeking refuge. Aiken Public Safety investigated the incident and obtained warrants for Cabrera and contacted Operation Intercept (OPIN), the US Marshals fugitive task force, on December 13 and requested their assistance in locating and apprehending Cabrera.

Deputy U.S. Marshals and task force officers from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) - Lexington, Richland, Aiken, & Orangeburg Counties began investigation on the whereabouts of Cabrera. Deputy US Marshals and task force officers interviewed Occupy Columbia participants and were advised Cabrera was homeless; however he did have family in Texas. Friday evening a phone tip came in advising OPIN Cabrera was on a Greyhound bus headed to Alice, TX. Acting on this basic information Deputy US Marshals verified Greyhound did have a bus station in Alice, TX and a bus would be arriving around midnight Saturday morning. OPIN contacted Alice Police Department and forwarded all known information and photos of Cabrera to the responding police officers. At approximately 12:20am Saturday morning Cabrera was arrested without incident as he exited the Greyhound Bus and was booked into the Jim Wells County Jail where he awaits extradition to South Carolina.

“Children are our precious gift and knowing this child predator has been taken off the streets shows the dedication of our law enforcement community. This case shows the magnitude of effort to pursue each case with diligence and bring closure to the victim and their family to include working on limited information and staying up late to protect our beloved community.” stated Kelvin Washington, U.S. Marshal for the District of South Carolina.

Lieutenant David Turno, Aiken Public Safety, stated “We are thankful this subject is in custody after committing this unspeakable act against a child in our community. We also appreciate the prompt assistance from the US Marshals Service and Operation Intercept Fugitive Task Force leading to the arrest of the subject in Texas.”

Established in 1789, the United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. In fiscal 2010, the Marshals arrested more than 36,100 federal fugitives, clearing 39,400 felony warrants and arrested 11,072 sex offenders. Marshal’s Service-led task forces like South Carolina’s Operation Intercept arrested 81,900 state and local fugitives, clearing 108,200 felony warrants. Locally, Operation Intercept arrested over 2,500 South Carolina fugitives during that same period.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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