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For Immediate Release

July 10, 2017 District of Hawaii;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
US Marshals Arrest Wanted Honolulu Sex Assault Fugitive in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico - On Monday, July 10, 2017, U.S. Marshals arrested 35 year-old Israel Vega Malave of Mililani in Guayama, Puerto Rico. Malave was wanted by the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) on a State of Hawaii arrest warrant for failure to appear for jury trial on three counts of sexual assault in the first degree and three counts of sexual assault in the third degree.

After being arrested in 2013 for the six counts of sex assault, Malave was out on bail pending trial. Then on June 26, 2017, the day of trial, Malave didnít show and his whereabouts were unknown. The State of Hawaii immediately issued a bench warrant for Malaveís arrest setting bail at $1,000,000. HPD and U.S. Marshals began a joint investigation and started tracking down leads for Malave. Investigators discovered that Malave had fled Hawaii and was hiding in Puerto Rico with relatives. U.S. Marshals immediately sent a team in Puerto Rico to track down Malave.

On July 10, 2017 at approximately 11:30 am, U.S. Marshals and Puerto Rico Police Department officers tracked Malave to a family residence located on San Martin Street in Guayama, Puerto Rico. Malave was taken into custody without incident.

Malave was transported and booked into the Bayamon State Jail in Puerto Rico pending a court appearance and extradition hearing back to Hawaii.

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