POSTED: Friday, August 23, 2013 - 3:46pm
UPDATED: Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 12:48pm
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Cameron County, state and federal law enforcement agencies arrested three defendants today for their
failure to appear in court for sexually-related crimes against children.
Known as Operation Magnet, law enforcement agencies acquired an extensive list of defendants with warrants via cases
with the newly-created Child Abuse Unit at the District Attorney’s Office. The U.S. Marshals Service identified known
addresses for the fugitives, and a round-up began at 5:30 a.m. today with the arrests of Rutillio Flores of Harlingen,
Emilio Cruz of Harlingen and Luis Mariano of Brownsville.
Flores, 44, failed to appear in court in 2012 for the following: aggravated sexual assault of a child; indecency with a child
sexual contact; and indecency with a child exposes. He was apprehended at 6:13 a.m. today at the 1100 block of East
Monroe in Harlingen.
Cruz, 37, failed to appear in court in January for the following: two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. He was
apprehended at 5:51 a.m. today at the 600 block of Markowsky Avenue in Harlingen.
Mariano, 26, failed to appear in court in 2012 for the following: sexual assault of a child. He was apprehended at 6:48
a.m. at the 6300 block Penjamo Street in Brownsville.