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For Immediate Release

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July 07, 2012 Chris Bozeman, Western District of Texas (210) 271-2507
South African National Nabbed
Fugitive Flees Super Aggravated Sexual Assault Charge

LSFTF LogoSan Antonio, TX – Edmond Muhlenberg, 60, was arrested this week at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, without incident. Muhlenberg was the target of a fugitive investigation by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force after he fled while under investigation by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. Muhlenberg was indicted on allegations involving super aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Task force officers determined that Muhlenberg was on an international flight from Germany to Cancun, Mexico. Task force officers contacted the U.S. Marshals Service in Mexico City, who in turn coordinated with their Mexican law enforcement counterparts. The Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM) detained Muhlenberg upon arrival in Mexico City. Muhlenberg was detained and presented before a Mexican immigration judge and determined to have no status to remain in the country. Muhlenberg was expelled and placed on a flight to Houston, Texas where he was met by members of the Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force. Muhlenberg was formally arrested and transported to the Harris County Detention Facility where he was subsequently released on a $75,000 bond.

Muhlenberg was indicted this year by a Bexar County Grand Jury for allegations involving super aggravated sexual assault of a child. The charges were enhanced to “super” aggravated, as a result of the victim being under 6 years of age. The indictment alleged that the criminal act took place while the victim was visiting from Houston for the summer.

Robert Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, states, “It is important to have close working relationships with not just our state and local partners, but the international law enforcement community as well. We are appreciative of the relationship that we have with our Mexican law enforcement partners and it’s with their assistance we can bring closure to the victims of violent crimes.”

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force:

  • San Antonio Police Department
  • San Antonio Independent School District
  • Bexar County Sheriff’s Department
  • Comal County Sheriff’s Department
  • Bexar County Fire Marshals
  • Bexar County District Attorney’s Office
  • Texas Office of The Attorney General
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Office of the Inspector General
  • U.S. Marshals Service

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

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