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For Immediate Release

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February 14, 2013 Michael E. Sharboneau
Deputy U.S. Marshal/Public Affairs Officer
Western District of Texas – El Paso Division (915) 534-6779
Suspected Child Abuser Surrenders to the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force

LSFTF LogoEl Paso, TX – Christina Avalos, 20, of El Paso was apprehended by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force late Wednesday night. Avalos was wanted by the El Paso Police Department (EPPD) for injury to a child with intent to cause bodily injury. Avalos was taken into custody at the El Paso Del Norte Port of Entry and subsequently booked in to the El Paso County Detention Facility.

In March of 2010 doctors reported to the EPPD that they suspected Avalos had abused an infant. Avalos was arrested, charged with injury to a child with intent to cause bodily injury and subsequently released on bond. On June 15, 2012, Avalos failed to appear for a court hearing for these charges. On August 14, 2012, an arrest warrant was issued for Avalos.

Yesterday Mexican authorities contacted the United States Marshals Service and advised that Avalos, who they believed was wanted in El Paso, Texas, had been encountered in by law enforcement in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Law enforcement officers in Juarez recognized Avalos as being a fugitive because Avalos had recently been featured on Manhunt Monday as a top ten fugitive with the El Paso Police Department. It was determined that Avalos was a United States Citizen. After being detained by Mexican authorities Avalos decided to voluntarily leave Mexico and surrender herself to members Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force: El Paso Police Department, El Paso Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States Border Patrol, Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Office of the Inspector General, Texas Department of Public Safety, El Paso District Attorney’s Office and the United States Marshals Service.

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

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