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For Immediate Release

February 08, 2017 Yvette Soto, Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of New Mexico (575) 386-4223
Sexual Predator Hides Behind Alias, when Booked Into the County Jail
Las Cruces, NM - Today, a New Mexico’s Most Wanted Fugitive Richard Morales was located in the El Paso County Jail under the alias Johnny Morales. “Johnny Morales” was booked by the El Paso Police Department on 12/05/2016 and was charged with resisting arrest, failure to identify himself to police and possession of a controlled substance (drugs).

The United States Marshals Service, South West Investigative Fugitive Task Force (SWIFT) Las Cruces team, located this other possible alias information and obtained a photo from the jail. At this point it was confirmed by deputies that Richard and Johnny Morales were the same person in the photos. It was learned that Johnny Morales was using his brother’s name and information. The jail was contacted and a USMS hold was placed on Morales so that he could face his additional charges for failure to register / non-compliance as a sex offender-original charge is criminal sexual penetration 2nd degree and a probation violation.

This sexual predator will face full extradited to Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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