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For Immediate Release

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April 25, 2013 Amelia Swenhaugen, Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Arizona – Phoenix (602) 828-8349
Fugitive Awaiting Charges of Rape Apprehended in Phoenix
After One Day Flight from Law Enforcement

Phoenix, AZ – On Monday April 22, 2013, Jesse Anthony Saenz, 23, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals led Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force near 35th Avenue and Bethany Home Road in Phoenix. Saenz was wanted by the Vernal City Police Department in Utah for violating the conditions of his release.

Saenz was recently released on bond from a Utah Jail after having been arrested for numerous violent sex related offenses. One of the conditions of his release was that his whereabouts be monitored by a GPS ankle bracelet, which he removed two days ago. Additionally, Saenz is believed to be a person of interest in a homicide that occurred in Utah on Sunday, April 21st.

In November 2012, officers responded to a call of a rape in progress. When officers approached, Saenz was observed forcibly raping her in an open field. Saenz attempted to elude police, but was subsequently arrested. Saenz was charged with Forcible Sodomy, Aggravated Sexual Assault, Object Rape, Aggravated Kidnapping, Failure to stop at the Command of Law Enforcement, Criminal Mischief, Forcible Sexual Abuse and Interruption of a communication device. Saenz was also arrested earlier in June 2012 on charges for a different rape, on another victim in the state of Utah.

On April 21st, authorities began the search for Saenz at the scene of a brutal homicide in Utah, in which Saenz is a considered to be a person of interest. Police found the victim shot twice in the face and multiple times in the body and the victim’s personal weapon and vehicle had been stolen. Officers were able to develop information that indicated Saenz had fled to the Phoenix area and immediately passed this information onto Phoenix based Deputy U.S. Marshals. Acting on this information, Deputies located Saenz outside of a business in Phoenix. Saenz was arrested without incident, in possession of the homicide victims’ vehicle.

“The level of interagency cooperation exhibited during this operation was second to none,” said United States Marshal David Gonzales. “This cooperative effort resulted in the capture of a violent fugitive, shortly after committing another violent crime, and made the Valley a safer place.”

The United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all other federal agencies combined.

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

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