PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Deportation officers with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested a wanted fugitive in Provo.
The convicted sex offender was found after a tip Tuesday, according to ICE.
Jesus Guitron-Aguilera was on ICE’s Top 10 Most Wanted list. According to the federal agency, the Mexican-national’s life on the run came to an end after more than seven years.
The 56-year-old was convicted of Michigan of sexual assault in 1992 and served five years in prison. The field laborer also has two DUI convictions on his record.
Guitron-Aguilera evaded capture after his deportation appeal was denied by a judge in 2010. Provo Police officers helped ICE during the arrest.
“That’s nice,” Roberto Sanchez said. “Police are doing their job and working super hard.”
“Guitron-Aguilera was a clear threat to the safety of our community and with this arrest we are sending a clear message to illegal aliens who commit crimes in the United States: ‘America is not a safe haven for you,’” said ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations Field Office Director Robert Culley. “You will face justice for your crimes and then we will send you back to your home country.”
The arrest of one of ICE’s most wanted comes as a surprise to people who live in Provo.
“You wouldn’t think that [could happen] in Provo. People think it is kind of a bubble but stuff happens here, even though it’s Utah. I’m glad they caught him. I didn’t know that he was here or that he was caught,” Cilka Smania said.
Before his arrest in Provo, ICE reports Guitron-Aguilera was last seen in Ephraim, UT.