Forum staff reports, Published December 06 2013
Florida fugitive wanted for sexual battery arrested while working in West FargoWEST FARGO – A man accused of sexual battery in Florida, despite being deported from the U.S. three times, was arrested here on Friday morning while working at a hotel construction site.
Gonzalo A. Jimenez, 40, was arrested without incident about 10 a.m. at the construction site of the new Cambria Suites hotel conference center at 19th Avenue East and Beaton Drive in West Fargo, according to a release from the U.S. Marshal’s Office in Fargo.
A felony arrest warrant was issued on Sept. 11 by the Orange County Circuit Court in Ocoee, Fla., charging Jimenez with committing the act of sexual battery on a victim less than 12 years old, the release stated.
Jimenez allegedly had sex on Sept. 10 with a family member who is a minor.
When the warrant was issued the next day, Orange County authorities immediately considered Jimenez as one of their most wanted fugitives, the release stated.
Early Friday morning, High Plains Fugitive Task Force officers found Jimenez’s vehicle and followed him to the Cambria Hotel construction site, where Jimenez was working, the release stated.
Jimenez is being held at the Cass County Jail while awaiting extradition proceedings.
Jimenez is a Mexican citizen. He has been deported from the United States three times in the past, the release stated.
Officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Fargo are reviewing the case to determine if federal immigration charges will be filed against Jimenez in North Dakota.