Alleged NJ Molester Caught in Spain 19 Years Later

By Dan Sta mm
|  Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013  |  Updated 2:36 PM EDT
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19 Years Later: NJ Fugitive Caught

Alejandro Arguedas-Aranda is seen in a file photo.

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A nearly two decade manhunt for an alleged child molester is over.

Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles announced Wednesday that after 19 years on the run, Alejandro Arguedas-Aranda was arrested in Spain.

Arguedas-Aranda, 64, went on the lam after an arrest warrant was issued for him in 1994. At that time, police charged Arguedas-Aranda, who lived in Atlantic City at the time, with sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, child endangerment and child abuse stemming from alleged contact with a 6-year-old girl.

When officers tried to arrest Arguedas-Aranda he was nowhere to be found.

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This past March, authorities received a tip that the fugitive was living in Spain. Monday's arrest came after a seven-month investigation involving the sheriff’s office, U.S. Marshals and Spanish authorities.

Authorities said Arguedas-Aranda would be kept in custody as they worked to have him extradited back to the United States.

 


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