Cross-border program helps track down, identify criminals
PHOENIX (AP) – Fugitives wanted by Arizona and California authorities have been handed over by Mexican authorities.
The U.S. Marshals Service announced that 31-year-old William Carl Freeman was taken into custody Friday at the Lukeville, Arizona port of entry after Mexican authorities discovered he was living under an assumed name in Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point), Mexico.
Scottsdale police have sought Freeman since 2007 for a long list of offenses, including fleeing from a police vehicle, auto theft, and false reporting. He also is wanted by California authorities for battery, robbery, hit and run, and violating parole on underlying burglary charges.
Authorities say Freeman had been arrested several times by Mexican police for petty crimes.
The arrest was a result of the Marshals Service’s Mexico Investigative Liaison Program, a cooperative effort with Mexican law enforcement to identify and apprehend fugitives from one country who have fled to the other.
Also returned to the U.S. since New Year’s is Guillermo Alloa, who was wanted in Maricopa County for multiple counts of sexual exploitation and luring of a minor. He was found to be living in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, just across the border from El Paso, Texas.
Alloa was arrested Jan. 4 and turned over the U.S. marshals the next day.