Las Cruces, NM - The United States Marshals
Service and the Las Cruces Police Department (LCPD) arrested Javier Mendez.
Mendez was listed on the United States Marshals Service “New Mexico’s Most
Wanted” program under the sexual offender category. Mendez has been wanted since
May of 2011 and is charged with 3 counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration of a
Minor and Intimidation of a Witness. Mendez also has a criminal history of
multiple arrests involving assault and driving under the influence.
Detectives with the Las Cruces Police Department and Deputies assigned to the
Southwest Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT)Task Force received information
that Mendez was possibly hiding in a hotel in the Las Cruces area. Investigators
were able to identify the hotel where Mendez was hiding and that he was using
the alias of “Jesse Martinez”. Marshals Service Deputies, Task Force Officers,
and Detectives from LCPD were able to arrest Mendez without incident and he was
booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center pending court proceedings.
United States Marshal for the District of New Mexico Conrad E. Candelaria "the
core of the New Mexico's Most Wanted Program is a collaboration of teamwork and
partnerships with state, county, local and tribal law enforcement agencies and
testament of this combined effort is the arrest of fugitive Mendez by the United
States Marshals Service and the Las Cruces Police Department; justice is
preserved and Mendez will be held accountable for the terrible crimes he
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