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U.S. Marshals in Galveston Arrest California Fugitive on the Run for 35 Years for Multiple Sex Crimes

For immediate release

Cameron Welch, Deputy U.S. Marshal-HIDTA

Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX
(713) 718-4800

Houston, TX - On Oct. 16, the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) in the Southern District of Texas arrested a man wanted in California since 1988 for rape, sexual assault and lewd and lascivious acts with a child.

Ismael Guerra Osorio, 62, was taken into custody at a mechanic shop in Kemah, Texas, where he was working as a mechanic.  

The Huntington Park, California, Police obtained an arrest warrant in February 1996 for Guerra Osorio for lewd and lascivious acts with a child after it was learned he had assaulted his underage stepdaughter for nearly four years. Detectives also learned that Guerra Osorio was wanted for a 1988 forcible rape in Los Angeles County.

After the Huntington Park Police, working with the U.S. Marshals Service in Central District of California. developed information that Guerra Osorio was possibly living in Houston, a collateral lead was sent Oct. 6 to the USMS in the Southern District of Texas to locate and apprehend Guerra Osorio.

USMS investigators in Houston developed information that Guerra Osorio was working as a mechanic in a shop in Galveston County and contacted the Galveston Division, which sent task force officers to the Kemah shop to arrest Guerra Osario.

The task force members located Guerra Osario working in an inspection bay of the mechanic shop and arrested him without incident.

He was booked into the Galveston County jail for processing on the warrants. The Huntington Park PD was notified of the arrest.  

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