Texas fugitive arrested in Mililani

Rodolfo "Rudy" Sanchez
Rodolfo "Rudy" Sanchez
Nolan Sasaki
Nolan Sasaki

MILILANI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man wanted in Texas on sex abuse charges is in custody after he was arrested at a Mililani residence.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, members of the Adam Walsh Task force arrested Rodolfo "Rudy" Sanchez, 41, of San Antonio, Texas, Friday night. Sanchez was indicted by a grand jury in Harris County, Texas, on two counts of indecency with a child.

Sanchez eventually fled Texas and has been a fugitive on the run for more than two years, authorities said.

He reportedly surfaced in Hawaii in an unusual way. "Apparently he tried to volunteer at one of the correctional facilities," said Nolan Sasaki, a sex offender investigations coordinator with the Adam Walsh Task Force of the U.S. Marshals Service. "Of course they do a background check," which indicated Sanchez was a fugitive.

"We did some background and research," said Sasaki. "We talked to the Texas officials with Harris County, determined that it was the same individual, and at that point we had to locate him somewhere on Oahu."

Authorities eventually located him at the Waikalani Woodlands apartments, where he was arrested. It's not known yet how long Sanchez has been in Hawaii, and according to Sasaki, Sanchez told authorities he was unaware that he was wanted in Texas. "I don't think he even knew that the victim came forward, did an outcry, based on what he said to us. He was surprised that there was a warrant."

Sasaki is part of the Adam Walsh Task Force, named after the son of John Walsh, who became the host of the television program "America's Most Wanted." The six-year-old boy was kidnapped and murdered in 1981.

"We have been in inception locally since 2010," said Sasaki. "Probably arrested over a hundred fugitives so far, most of them state fugitives, but may 12 or so from other states."

Sanchez is scheduled to be processed Tuesday. It's unknown yet when he'll appear before a judge to be extradited to Texas.

Sanchez is currently being held by Honolulu police on two $30,000 bonds. The Marshals Service said he will remain in custody pending an extradition hearing back to Texas. He is currently being held by Honolulu police on two $30,000 bonds.

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