Week of July 25-31
Illegal Immigrant Charged with Three Counts of Child Rape
New Orleans, LA
Andres Fuentes-Castro, an El Salvadorian citizen, was arrested on July 18 by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force and U.S. Border Patrol – New Orleans Sector agents; the charge: Three counts of first-degree rape of a child. The alleged crimes took place between 2014 and 2016. The age and other information regarding the child, including how the suspect knew the victim, have not yet been released.
Fuentes-Castro had briefly been detained in Baton Rouge in 2007 after a traffic stop. However, he was released because he was in the United States under Temporary Protective Status. That status expired in 2010, and he stayed in the states illegally instead of returning to his country per the conditions of the protective standing.
Fuentes-Castro is currently being held at Orleans Parish Prison until he can be taken to Baton Rouge to face trial for the rape charges. According to CBP, he will eventually be deported to El Salvador.
CBP New Orleans Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gregory Bovino commended the work of the officers. “The U.S. Marshal’s arrest of this illegal alien for the rape of a child showcases the ongoing superlative work done by the New Orleans Marshals in removing a dangerous criminal from our community.”
Kidnap and Attempted Rape of Teen
Cedar Falls, IA
Saul Santos Vasquez-Martinez, 43, is accused of trying to kidnap a 16-year-old girl and attempting to rape her. The victim was reportedly sitting on a porch at a house where she was babysitting when the suspect grabbed her and dragged her into his home.
Police said Vasquez-Martinez forced her into a bedroom, where he put his hands down her pants and tried to pull her shirt down. The girl was able to resist and escape. She ran back to the house where she was babysitting, locked the doors, and called for help.
Officers reported the teen had minor injuries and that the child she was babysitting was not hurt. When questioned, Vasquez-Martinez admitted he was in the country illegally and that he is from El Salvador. He was booked on second-degree kidnapping and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. His bond was set at $500,000.
Sexual Abuse of a Child
On July 18, Felipe Juan Miguel, 25, was arrested for sexually abusing a child. The suspect, from Guatemala, had only been in the country about three months. Boaz Police Chief Josh Gaskin said the victim and Miguel were known to each other, but for the sake of the victim’s privacy, personal information was not being released.
Authorities said Miguel had been inappropriately touching the victim, but no other details were available as this is an ongoing investigation. Gaskin said there may be more charges once the case goes to the Grand Jury.
Miguel is being held in the Marshall County Jail on a bond of $150,000. He is charged with sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old.