Accused Riverside child molester located, arrested in OK
In late 2015 the Riverside Police Department METRO / SWAT Team concluded an investigation into the whereabouts of Josue Mejia, a 33-year-old male who sexually assaulted a 13-year-old female.
The young victim told investigating officers and detectives that during the assault she feared for her life. She also said if a relative had not arrived home unexpectedly, the assault would have probably continued.
After being caught in the act, Mejia immediately fled Riverside to avoid prosecution.
The METRO Team was assigned to locate and arrest Mejia who was initially tracked to Plano, TX, and then later to Oklahoma City, OK.
“The Riverside Police Department has several officers and a sergeant assigned to the METRO/SWAT Team that have been deputized as U.S. Marshals,” a Riverside Police official explained in a press release. “Their primary mission is to provide service to the City of Riverside, but also to give assistance to the U.S. Marshals.”
The METRO Team determined Mejia’s whereabouts and notified an allied U.S. Marshals Service Task Force in Oklahoma. The U.S. Marshals team quickly deployed to the area where they found and arrested Mejia on June 28. Mejia is awaiting extradition to Riverside County where he will face criminal charges for the sexual assault and an investigation by I.C.E. related to his immigration status.
According to Riverside police officials, the close working relationship between the two agencies enhances their criminal investigative abilities and allows for the quick apprehension of suspects who have fled the city, county or state. The working relationship also helps to quickly locate and arrest criminals who may flee to Riverside after committing crimes in other cities.
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