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For Immediate Release

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January 14, 2017 Amelia Swenhaugen, Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Arizona – Phoenix (602) 828-8349
Violent Sexual Predator Returned to the United States After Apprehension in Mexico
Phoenix, AZ - Yesterday afternoon, Raul Alferes Luesa, 35, was extradited back to the United States after his arrest in Jojulta, Morelos, Mexico. Luesa was wanted by the Phoenix Police Department for his repeated sexual abuse of multiple children.

In April of 2013, a warrant was issued for Luesa charging him with 26 counts of Sexual Conduct with a Minor, Sexual Abuse, Furnishing Obscene or Harmful items to a Minor, Molestation of a Child and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. Through the investigation, an additional victim came forward prompting the issuance of another warrant for 11 counts of Furnishing Obscene or Harmful Items to Minors, Sexual Conduct with a Minor, Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Involving or Using Minors In Drug Offenses, and Public Sexual Indecency with a Minor.

In May of 2013, the Phoenix Police Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service led Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force in locating and apprehending Luesa. Task Force members requested assistance from the Mexican law enforcement authorities in locating Luesa based on information that was developed through investigation that he may have fled to Mexico. Acting on this information, Luesa was contacted and arrested on June 10, 2016 by law enforcement in Mexico in the town of Jojulta. Luesa was subsequently transferred to a Mexico City Jail where he awaited extradition to the United States.

“Despite his attempts to hide since 2013, Mr. Luesa remained a priority for the U. S. Marshals Service and the Phoenix Police Department,” said United States Marshal David Gonzales. “This is good example of the perseverance and great partnership with Mexican authorities in ensuring that this predator was located and arrested.”

Yesterday afternoon Luesa was returned to the United States via extradition, to be booked at the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail.

“The Phoenix Police Department is fortunate to have a long standing and established partnership with the U.S. Marshals Office,” said Chief Jeri Williams of the Phoenix Police Department. “As partners we are both dedicated to arresting our most violent offenders and bringing closure and justice to the affected victims.”

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.

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

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