El Paso, TX (KTSM) — A wanted felon who fled El Paso while out on bond in 2011 was detained by Mexican authorities in Tijuana Tuesday.
Gilbert Sanchez, 44, was convicted of aggravated sexual assault and sentenced to 65 years in prison in March of 2011. Sanchez appealed the sentence and was released on bond pending a new trial. The motion for a new trial in Sanchez' case was later denied and he was ordered to serve the full 65 year sentence. Sanchez fled the El Paso area once he was notified that the motion for a new trial had been denied.
The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (LSFTF) learned that Sanchez was hiding in Tijuana, Mexico under the alias Jesus Alberto Solis-Arellano. The LSFTF were able to contact the U.S. Marshals led Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force (PSWRFTF) for assistance in locating and apprehending Sanchez.
Mexican authorities were able to locate Sanchez in Tijuana, and he was presented to an immigration judge who determined Sanchez did not have proper immigration status to remain in Mexico.
Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, said, “Our task force is committed to apprehending violent sexual predators like Mr. Sanchez and holding them accountable for their crimes. Now he can begin to serve his 65 year sentence.”
Sanchez was later turned over to the custody of the PSWRFTF for transfer into the San Diego County Jail pending extradition to El Paso. He is currently being held on $1,000,000 bond.