For Immediate Release June 1, 2018 Contact: Deputy U.S. Marshal Adrian Collins
Southern District of Texas
CORPUS CHRISTI DOCTOR ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
ARRESTED IN EL SALVADOR; RETURNED TO THE US
US Marshals, Law Enforcement Partners Help Bring Doctor-Turn-Fugitive to Justice
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — On May 31, U.S. Marshals and Texas authorities took custody of fugitive Jaime Sandoval, after he was located and arrested in El Salvador on May 16.
Sandoval is facing a charge of suspicion of sexual assault and for violating his bond conditions in Nueces County, Texas. He allegedly committed the sexual assault while practicing as a medical doctor in Corpus Christi.
Sandoval was to appear in court May 2, but he did not show up. Authorities issued an arrest warrant for the doctor-turn-fugitive on May 3. The Nueces County Sheriff’s Office then asked the U.S. Marshals-led Gulf Coast Violent Offender and Fugitive Task Force to assist in the manhunt.
The fugitive investigation for Sandoval gained momentum when authorities received a tip that led them to believe he was in San Salvador, El Salvador. U.S. Marshals coordinated with in-country authorities, who were able to locate and arrest Sandoval on May 16.
Sandoval is now in custody in the U.S. with no bond, awaiting extradition to Nueces County.
“The key to this case was teamwork, said Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Norm Merkel of the Southern District of Texas. “By local, federal, and international partners working together, we got the job done.”
The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Corpus Christi Police Department, Nueces County Sheriff’s Department, Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Office of Inspector General, and the Texas Department of Public Safety. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest violent criminals, gang members, and sex offenders. U.S. Marshals-led task forces cleared 107,933 fugitive warrants in FY 2017, clearing approximately 79,930 state and local warrants, and 28,003 federal warrants. U.S. Marshal task forces combine the efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to locate and arrest the most dangerous fugitives. Anonymous tips can be made by texting 411TIPS (847411) keyword GULFCOAST or by going to http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/tx-s/index.html.
For more information about the U.S. Marshals, go to http://www.usmarshals.gov.