A man who was living in Harmony and fled from authorities in late 2018 was arrested Monday and now faces a charge of rape involving a minor in Iredell County, according to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office.
The sheriff’s office said it received a report Oct. 8 alleging a 20-year-old man sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl. Detective Patrick Dixson was assigned to the case and interviewed the victim at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center in Statesville, according to the release.
The victim told investigators that she had been assaulted by Jesse Jacinto, who was living in the 100 block of Trivette Road in Harmony when the report was filed, according to the release.
The release also said that Dixson interviewed several witnesses and received information that the suspect had fled Iredell County. Investigators suspected Jacinto, 20, was traveling to Mexico.
Dixson obtained warrants for Jacinto’s arrest on Nov. 16. Those warrants said the assault occurred in October 2018.
On Jan. 24, Jacinto was detained by the U.S Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Security agents at the Laredo, Texas, border crossing, according to the release.
Authorities said Jacinto was attempting to cross back into the United States from Mexico.
Dixson was notified of Jacinto being detained and completed extradition paperwork to bring him from Texas to Iredell County, according to the sheriff’s office.
The release said that Jacinto was extradited back to Iredell County on Monday and charged with felony statutory rape of a child.
He was given a $250,000 secured bond.