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For Immediate Release

January 09, 2009 Western District of North Carolina
Deputy U.S. Marshal O.N. Hamilton (704) 344-6234

U.S. Marshals Arrest Suspect in New York Rape on a Minor

Members of the United States Marshals Service Hornetís Nest Fugitive Task Force arrested Alex Zavala-Morales, 48, in Charlotte on Thursday, January 08, 2009 for four counts of third degree rape and endangering the welfare of a 15 year old girl.

According to information provided to the Nassau County Police Department in Elmont, New York, Zavala-Morales was involved in a sexual relationship with a 15 year old girl that allegedly began in 2005. As a result, it was discovered in December 2005 that the 15 year old girl was pregnant. Zavala-Morales later relocated from New York to North Carolina.

A warrant for arrest was issued in Nassau County, New York on November 24, 2008 for Alex Zavala-Morales for his alleged involvement in the rape of a minor and endangering the welfare of a child. On January 05, 2009, the U.S. Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force requested the assistance of the Hornetís Nest Fugitive Task Force in apprehending Zavala-Morales, after it was determined that he may be residing in the Charlotte area. Zavala-Morales was arrested, without incident, on January 08, 2009 in the 6300 block of Trotters Ridge Road, Charlotte.

U.S. Marshal Patrick C. Smith stated ďApprehending violent fugitives and sex offenders is a priority of the United States Marshals Service. Working together with the community, the U.S. Marshals Service and its law enforcement partners, share a common goal of providing a safer community for our citizens.Ē

Zavala-Morales will be held in custody at the Mecklenburg County Jail pending extradition back to New York to face the four counts of rape and endangering the welfare of a child.

The United States Marshals Service is the nationís oldest federal law enforcement agency. U.S. Marshals have served the United States since 1789 by apprehending fugitives, protecting the federal judiciary and seizing property acquired by criminals through illegal activities in addition to performing numerous other law enforcement related functions.

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