AZUSA ( — Police Wednesday say they managed to track down a man suspected of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old in Azusa.

Robert Arvizu, 41, was suspected in an incident that occurred Sunday.

Investigators say the ex-felon was released early from state prison to local county probation in accordance with the controversial AB 109 prison realignment program, Azusa Police Lt. Steve Hunt said.

“He has an extensive violent criminal history,” Hunt said.

When they tried to contact his county probation officer they learned Arvizu had given a fake address, Sanchez said. They also discovered that the day after the reported assault, Arvizu quit his job, saying he had to leave the state.

Investigators realized the suspect was on the run and the San Gabriel Valley AB 109 Task Force deployed resources to track him down. They learned Arvizu may be staying in Lake Arrowhead.

On Tuesday, task force officers found Arvizu hiding at a Lake Arrowhead cabin in the 600 block of Wesley Drive and placed him under arrest, Hunt said.

Arvizu was then transferred to the custody of Azusa police.

Hunt says the AB 109 Task Force is critical to cases involving early-release inmates.

“There’s a huge influx of people who have been released from the state prison and now the county jail. And having this task force that can concentrate on nothing but those particular people is absolutely critical for us as a police department, it gives us that extra resource,” Hunt said.

The San Gabriel Valley east AB 109 Task Force was formed last year and oversees approximately 10 communities.

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