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For Immediate Release

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January 08, 2014 Scott Williams
Deputy U.S. Marshal/Public Information Officer
Western District of Texas – El Paso Division (915) 534-6779
Convicted Felon Flees After Being Sentenced to 65 Years
Fugitive Detained in Tijuana, Mexico

LSFTF LogoEl Paso, TX – Gilbert Sanchez, 44, of El Paso, was detained by Mexican authorities in Tijuana, Mexico yesterday. Sanchez was presented before an immigration judge, at which time it was determined he did not have status to remain in Mexico. Sanchez was transferred to the custody of the U.S. Marshals led Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force (PSWRFTF) at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego, California.

In February, 2010, the El Paso Police Department (EPPD) issued a warrant charging Sanchez with aggravated sexual assault. In March 2011, Sanchez was convicted of the aggravated sexual assault and sentenced to 65 years in prison. Sanchez subsequently appealed the sentence and was released on bond pending a new trial. The motion for a new trial was eventually denied and Sanchez was ordered to serve the 65 year sentence previously imposed. Sanchez fled once he was notified that his motion for a new trial was denied.

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (LSFTF), through investigative efforts, developed leads that Sanchez was residing in Tijuana, Mexico under the alias, Jesus Alberto Solis-Arellano. Task force members contacted the PSWRFTF for assistance in apprehending Sanchez. The PSWRFTF subsequently contacted Mexican authorities for assistance in locating and apprehending Sanchez. Mexican authorities were able to locate and detain Sanchez in Tijuana without incident.

Sanchez will remain in the San Diego County Jail pending his extradition to El Paso, Texas. He is being held on a $1,000,000.00 bond.

Sanchez was previously aired in October 2013 on KFOX Fugitive Finder.

Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, states, “Our task force is committed to apprehending violent sexual predators like Mr. Sanchez and holding them accountable for their crimes. Now he can begin to serve his 65 year sentence. ”

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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