Sex offender captured in Coos County after 23 years on the run

Fresno, Calif. — The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said 55-year-old Arturo Rangel was arrested in Myrtle Point late last month after failing to appear for a sentencing hearing in 1993. Rangel had pleaded guilty then to four counts of lewd acts with a minor under 14 years old and was released on a Cruz Waiver. The waiver is an agreement that allows a defendant to address personal matters before being sentencing.

0913-arturo-rangelDeputies say instead of showing up for his sentencing hearing, Rangel ran.

FCSO said on July 20, 2016, an anonymous tip led police to a home in the 99000 block of Stikum Lane in Myrtle Point, Oregon. That’s where U.S. Marshals found Rangel and arrested him. He was taken to the Coos County Jail for holding until he could be transported to Fresno.

Police said a look into Rangel’s criminal history reveled he was arrested in 1986 and convicted in Oregon of forcible rape with violence and possession of a concealed firearm.

Rangel is scheduled to be in a Fresno County courtroom on Tuesday, September 13.

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