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For Immediate Release

May 15, 2013 Daniel Leyva, Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Arizona - Tucson (
520) 209-0935
One of Colorado's Most Wanted Sex Offenders Arrested In Tucson by U.S. Marshals

Tucson, AZ – Yesterday morning, Deputy U.S. Marshals and task force officers with the U.S. Marshals Service led Violent Offender Task Force in Tucson, located and apprehended Juan Carlos Sanchez, age 40, on an arrest warrant out of El Paso County District Court in the State of Colorado. Before today, Sanchez was one of Colorado’s Top 100 Most Wanted Sex Offenders. In September 2005, Sanchez was convicted of Sexual Assault on a Child after he put a muscle relaxer in the drink of a 12 year old girl and then sexually assaulted her. As a result of this conviction, Sanchez is required to register as a sex offender. In 2007, it was alleged Sanchez committed a similar act in which the victim was a 19 year old female. During the investigation investigators in Colorado attempted to interview Sanchez, however, he fled the state and the case became cold. In 2011, the case was reopened and warrants were issued for the alleged sexual assault as well as failure to register as a sex offender. Recently, Deputy U.S. Marshals developed information Sanchez may be in the Tucson area. Following up on various investigative leads, deputies and task force officers located and established surveillance at a possible residence near the cross streets of Roger and Oracle Road. While conducting the surveillance, a male subject later positively identified as Sanchez was seen exiting the residence. Sanchez and two unknown female subjects were observed getting into a sport utility vehicle. After a brief mobile surveillance, Sanchez was arrested without incident at a fast food restaurant drive-thru located at Campbell and Fort Lowell. He was booked into the Pima County Detention Center and is pending extradition to Colorado.

United States Marshal David Gonzales stated, “Tracking down and arresting individuals that commit these violent acts in our communities is a priority of the United States Marshals Service. It is my hope this arrest can bring some sense of closure to the victim’s family.” He added, “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners in Arizona and throughout our nation to track down dangerous individuals.”

The federal, state, and local agencies that comprise the Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force (Tucson Metro Division) include: U.S. Marshals Service; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Arizona Department of Public Safety; Pima County Adult Probation Office; Arizona Department of Corrections, Tucson Police Department, U.S. Border Patrol, Pima County Sheriff’s Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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