Fugitive Accused Of Molestation, Rape Caught After 4 Years On The Run

MORENO VALLEY (CBSLA.com) — A former Moreno Valley resident accused of sexually abusing two young girls was arrested in Oregon Monday after four years on the run.

Authorities arrested 35-year-old Carlos Alberto Campuzano at a motel in Eugene on charges that he raped and molested a 10-year-old girl and her sister between 2000 and 2004.

The two sisters told police in 2009 that Campuzano had “inappropriately touched them” several times. One of the sisters said Campuzano, whom they both knew, had raped her when she was about 10-years-old.

The former Moreno Valley resident is charged with nine felonies, including one count each of rape by force and six counts of lewd acts with a child under the age of 14.

Campuzano, who was on the Riverside County District Attorney’s Wanted Fugitives list, was arrested exactly four years to the day from when the arrest warrant was issued.

Authorities were alerted to his whereabouts after the District Attorney’s Office received a call from someone who had seen a flier about the case, according to Riverside District Attorney spokesman John Hall. The tip was then given to the U.S. Marshal’s Pacific Regional Fugitive Task Force, who began watching the motel.

Campuzano is being held on $1 million bail. He faces up to 120 years in prison if convicted.

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