Texas sheriff’s deputies used a fake Facebook account to make contact with a teenager wanted for sexual assault of a child. The deputies used the social media platform to locate the teen and make the arrest.
Sheriff’s deputies in Nacogdoches County were attempting to locate 17-year-old Leroy Apodaca in connection with a felony complaint that he committed sexual assault on an 8-year-old boy. The young boy made an outcry to family members and was taken to the Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital for examination, KTRE ABC9’s Gary Bass reported. Hospital staff notified the sheriff’s office about the possible sexual assault.
Detetives with the sheriff’s office were called to the scene. They conducted a forensic investigation at the victim’s home and obtained information for an arrest warrant. Deputies attempted to locate Apodaca to ask him questions related to the 1st Degree Felony charge of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a child under the age of 14. He had apparently fled from his home.
“The suspect told deputies that he knew he was being accused of a crime and was going to flee to Dallas,” the press release obtained by Bass revealed.
Authorities set up a fake Facebook page and made contact with Apodaca. Using the alias, deputies learned the fugitive was in nearby Crockett, Texas. He said he was staying at a family member’s home. Sheriff’s deputies contacted the Crockett Police Department who served an arrest warrant at the home. Apodaca was arrested without incident and transferred to the Houston County jail awaiting Nacogdoches deputies. He was then transported back to Nacogdoches County where he is being held in the county jail on a $100,000 bond at this time.
Breitbart Texas confirmed with Nacogdoches sheriff’s office officials that the 17-year-old resident of Etoile, Texas, is a U.S. citizen who was born in Maine.