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For Immediate Release

October 23, 2017 Southern District of Iowa; 515-284-6240
USMS Office of Public Affairs; (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force Arrests Illinois Suspect in Ames
Ames, IA – A man wanted by Illinois authorities in connection with a child sexual assault investigation has been arrested in Ames. The U.S. Marshals Southern Iowa Fugitive Task Force and Ames Police took Esau Ancheyta Hernandez, 26, into custody without incident at around 9:30 a.m. today.

Investigators with the McHenry County, Illinois Sheriff’s Office obtained an arrest warrant for Hernandez on October 13. Hernandez is charged with Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child. Hernandez is accused of sexually assaulting a child at a residence near Hebron, Illinois on October 13. Hernandez allegedly fled the home after he was confronted by the child’s family members, leading to a multi-state, multi-jurisdictional, manhunt which ended today.

The U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force in Chicago developed information on October 20 that Hernandez had possibly fled to Ames. This morning, along with Officers from the Ames Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Southern Iowa Fugitive Task Force was able to locate and apprehend Hernandez at a residence in the 100 block of Campus Avenue in Ames. Hernandez is currently being held in the Story County Jail awaiting extradition proceedings.

The Southern Iowa Fugitive Task Force is a team of law enforcement officers led by U.S. Marshals in the Southern District of Iowa. The task force’s objective is to seek out and arrest violent fugitives and sexual predators. Membership agencies include the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Fifth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services, the Fourth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security Investigations, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.


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