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For Immediate Release

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March 06, 2016 Nathan Alexander, Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Arizona - Tucson (520) 209-0911
Fugitive Sex Offender Living Under Assumed Name Captured in Mexico
 

Nogales, AZ - Yesterday evening, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office officials took custody of Armando Inigo Aguilar, age 61, from immigration officials in the Republic of Mexico at the port of entry in Nogales, Arizona. Aguilar, a U.S. citizen, was deported from Mexico on an outstanding arrest warrant for sexual assault, failure to register as a sex offender and a parole violation.

On December 30, 2015, a warrant was issued by the Pima County Justice Court for the arrest of Armando Aguilar which charged him with sexual assault of a person 15 years of age or older and a violation of sex offender registration requirements. It is alleged Aguilar repeatedly sexually assaulted a mentally disabled female known to him in December 2014. An investigation was conducted by the South Tucson Police Department which culminated with him being charged on six separate counts of sexual assault. Following the conclusion of the investigation, Aguilar was believed to have fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution.

Aguilar is also facing a state parole violation as a result of the alleged offense. He was paroled from the Arizona Department of Corrections in March 2014 after serving a 15-year prison term for kidnapping and attempting to commit sexual assault.

In early 2016, the South Tucson Police Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service led Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force to locate Aguilar in Mexico. Deputy U.S. Marshals immediately began to work with law enforcement officials in Mexico and determined Aguilar was living in Hermosillo, Sonora and working as a security officer under an assumed identity in an effort to evade U.S. authorities. On March 4, 2016, Aguilar was detained by Mexican authorities without incident pending deportation to the United States.

On March 5, 2016, Aguilar was deported by Mexican immigration officials through the Evo A. DeConcini port of entry in Nogales, where U.S. Marshals and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials coordinated a transfer of custody to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. Aguilar was transported to the Santa Cruz County Detention Center, where he will be held pending transfer to Pima County.

David P. Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona said, "The United States Marshals Service works vigorously alongside other domestic and international law enf orcement agencies to bring sexual predators like Armando Aguilar to justice. This arrest should send a clear message to these type of offenders that we will f ind you wherever you run.”

The United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all other federal agencies combined. For more information on USMS Top 15 fugitives and USMS Major Cases, go to www.usmarshals.gov.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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