Costa Rican fugitive sought in child rape case captured in Honolulu

Diego Marta Sanchez
Diego Marta Sanchez

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Costa Rican man wanted for raping a three-year-old child in 2001 was captured in Honolulu Friday night.

According to officials, Diego Marta Sanchez was found at a residence in Honolulu by U.S. Marshals and agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

The 46 year old is the subject of an INTERPOL warrant or "red notice" which was issued in April 2009. Marta Sanchez is accused of rape, crimes against children and sexual offenses.

"After so many years, this suspect undoubtedly believed he'd eluded justice, but obviously he underestimated law enforcement's resolve," said Wayne Wills, special agent in charge for HSI in Hawaii. "ICE will continue to work closely with its law enforcement partners here and around the world to ensure the United States doesn't serve as a safe haven for those accused of violent crimes."

Officials say Marta Sanchez did not have legal authorization to be in the U.S. at the time of his arrest.

He is currently in ICE custody and will be scheduled for a deportation hearing before an immigration judge.

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