Albuquerque, NM – On March 5, 2013, a
State of New Mexico arrest warrant was issued for the arrest of Edwin
Vasquez-Zamora, charging him with Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor,
Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor, and First Degree Kidnapping.
Vasquez-Zamora allegedly sexually assaulted 3 children all under the age of
13. Albuquerque Police Department Detectives interviewed Vasquez-Zamora
earlier this year; it is believed shortly after the interview Vasquez-Zamora
fled New Mexico.
September 12, 2013, Deputies had information that Vasquez-Zamora either fled
to Virginia or New York. Marshals in New Mexico requested the assistance of
Deputies in Virginia and within hours the Marshals Service was knocking on
doors in Eastern Virginia. Vasquez-Zamora was not found to be in Virginia,
which left only New York for him to hide.
September 19, 2013, Marshals developed information where Vasquez-Zamora was
hiding among the millions of people living in New York. Earlier this
morning, the Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task
Force was able to locate and apprehend Edwin Vasquez-Zamora living in the
town of Brentwood on Long Island. Vasquez-Zamora is awaiting extradition
back to New Mexico.
On September 10, 2013, Detectives from the Albuquerque Police Department and
Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, and Deputies from the United States
Marshals Service South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) task force,
joined forces to target Albuquerque’s most dangerous sexual predators. Edwin
Vasquez-Zamora was placed at the top of the list for dangerous sexual
predators. Over the last 10 days, the United States Marshals Service
utilized task forces across the country to investigate leads in 3 states in
an attempt to apprehend Vasquez-Zamora as quickly as possible. District of
New Mexico, United States Marshal Conrad Candelaria said "If these horrific
charges are proven to be true, then the SWIFT and the Albuquerque Police
Department have once again helped to make our community safer by taking a
sex offender off of the street. Those that prey upon children have no room
in a any society. Hopefully the victims in this case will sleep just a
little better tonight knowing the suspect is behind bars".
Last week, SWIFT task force targeted and arrested Steven Anaya. Anaya was
charged with Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor under 13 and Kidnapping.
Anaya’s second victim came forward and reported the incident after seeing
Anaya on television when he was arrested and charged in June 2013 for
sexually assaulting another young girl.
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