A fugitive who is wanted on several counts of child sexual assault has been captured in Mexico. Authorities say he met his victims from Travis and Bastrop Counties on social media.
The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force has been looking for David Rodriguez for about a year and a half. It was this past weekend when he was detained in Monterrey, Mexico.
The hunt for a serial child sexual predator is now over. 28-year-old David Rodriguez is wanted out of Travis and Bastrop Counties. His criminal conduct dates back to 2011.
"As the case kind of progressed in the hunting stage, we became aware of approximately 8 and 10 victims. Some of these charging documents allege criminal conduct involving multiple dates of the offense, the alleged offenses with sometimes the same or multiple victims," says Hector Gomez, supervisory deputy, Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.
Rodriguez reportedly used social media sites as his platform to befriend victims. He was indicted for offenses involving aggravated sexual assaults, indecency, and exposure counts against a child-victim.
Deputy US Marshal Hector Gomez is urging parents to watch what their children are doing online.
"They're out there. We can't watch everything and law enforcement can't be everywhere, so this is a shared responsibility with the community. The public certainly has an interest in protecting their family members and doing what they can," says Gomez.
Sexual assault investigations by several area agencies is what reportedly led Rodriguez to flee the country.
It was tips from the public that ultimately led the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force to a neighborhood in Monterrey.
At that point, they began working with their Mexican counterparts, resulting in the capture of Rodriguez this past weekend.
"There are probably other victims. As soon as it becomes known that Mr. Rodriguez is in custody, they will come out and make an outcry. I certainly would hate to hear that it happens but unfortunately, in this business, it does happen. He can't do that anymore. We have at least stopped him from engaging in further conduct, predatory conduct, today," says Gomez.
The task force says it's challenging anytime a fugitive crosses a border, but it doesn't stop them.
"We don't give up on the hunt. We will look for a fugitive until we've come to a point where, you've either succumbed to death or you fell off the face of the earth," says Gomez.
Rodriguez is in the Webb County Jail in Laredo, Texas. He is awaiting transportation back to our area.
The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force formed in 2005. They catch around 250-300 fugitives a year.
On average, it takes about two weeks to catch someone but it can also take years. Sexual assaults lead the list, followed by robbery assaults.
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