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.
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.