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For Immediate Release

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November 13, 2012 DUSM Laura Vega, Central District of California (213) 894-2485
Fugitive Sex Offender Captured

Los Angeles, CA – A major fugitive wanted on outstanding state charges for 12 counts of child molestation has been arrested by a team of law enforcement officers led by U.S. Marshals in Long Beach.

Fidel Salmeron was being sought on a warrant issued in Long Beach charging him with 12 counts of child molestation including rape and sodomy by force of a minor under the age of 14 years. Bail was set at 9 million dollars.

Salmeron was arrested Wednesday in the 1600 block of Locust Avenue in Long Beach by members of the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Sex Offenders Investigations Branch. He had been a top target in June during “Operation Summer Heat”, a collaborative effort between the U.S. Marshals, Long Beach Police Department, and other agencies to apprehend violent offenders and fugitives in the city of Long Beach.

Salmeron was arrested without incident and turned over to the city of Long Beach for prosecution.

The Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from the local, state, and federal level. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest both local and federal fugitives. Last year U.S. Marshal task forces arrested approximately 100,000 fugitives and 11,000 sex offenders.

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

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