MEXICO CITY (AP) - A fugitive sex offender was recaptured in Mexico six years after he escaped from a Phoenix holding cell in 2009, authorities announced Tuesday.
Authorities in Mexico state arrested Eleazar Cruz Colin, 33, who also used several aliases, on Monday in a mechanic’s shop where he worked, according to a statement from the state security commission. He was turned over to Interpol for extradition to the United States.
Cruz had been convicted in 2009 in Arizona under the name of Adrian Gonzalez Cruz of sexually abusing a girl under the age of 15. Mexican authorities said he had been sentenced to 35 years in prison.
“I am glad they got him,” Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Tuesday.
At the time, sheriff’s officials in Arizona said Cruz slipped out of restraints in a courthouse holding room and walked away leaving only his handcuffs and shackles behind.
Mexican authorities said Cruz’s identity was confirmed through a tattoo of a rosary on his left hand and a scar on his abdomen.
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