Alleged child predator arrested in New Mexico
In December 2013, the 2nd Judicial District of the State of New Mexico issued a warrant for Michael Perez on 6 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor; 3 counts of kidnapping; 3 counts of intimidation of a witness; tampering with evidence; 7 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The United States Marshals Service South West Investigative Fugitive Team task force took over the case and began searching for ties in Colorado, and developed information that Perez was possibly in Colorado Springs. U.S. Marshals Service Deputies in Colorado found information that led them to believe Perez had been living there with his girlfriend and their child, but had left in early December. Investigators were able to now identify Perez’s girlfriend and believed she had ties in Las Cruces.
Deputies and task force officers said they were able to find Perez’s girlfriend but not Perez. Perez’s mother in Artesia was interviewed and claimed no knowledge of her son’s whereabouts, but shortly after the mother’s interview Perez turned himself in to the Artesia Police Department. Perez was taken into custody and booked on the warrant. He is pending extradition back to Bernalillo County to face his charges.