Most Wanted Fugitive Captured in Mexico, Brought
Back to Texas
- The manhunt for a U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted fugitive ended Friday with the
arrest in Mexico of Jeffrey Winston Forrest, 47, wanted by the Taylor County
Sheriff’s Department in Abilene, Texas, for two counts of aggravated sexual
assault of a child, bail jumping, and failure to appear.
According to a Zapopan police release, Forrest was arrested Friday
afternoon by members of the State Attorney’s Office, Zapopan Police
Department, and the National Institute of Immigration (INM). He was
located in a drive-through store in Zapopan, Jalisco, after his
presence and identity were confirmed with the existing alert in the
Forrest was deported today and brought back to the Northern
District of Texas, where he will answer the charges against him.
Forrest’s capture in Mexico is a direct result of information that
was developed from a tip that was provided to “In Pursuit with John
Walsh” on Investigation Discovery after the show profiled the case.
In 2015, charges were filed against Forrest when four victims came
forward and accused him of sexually assaulting them. The victims
stated Forrest repeatedly assaulted them from the ages of 8 to 15.
Investigators believe he used his position as a youth minister at
several different churches to gain access and groom his victims. On
April 2, 2015, Forrest was arrested on two counts of aggravated
sexual assault of a child. Following his arrest, Forrest was
released on bond and a trial date was set for Aug. 29, 2016.
Unfortunately, he failed to appear for his trial, and after an
investigation into his disappearance, authorities determined he
never intended to.
While investigators found credible evidence of his travel to
Mexico, his trail had grown cold due to his use and knowledge of the
dark web and communication software such as Tor to mask his digital
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