Waco police traffic officers arrested a man who has been on the run almost 19 years from sexual abuse charges in Oregon, Waco police Officer Garen Bynum said.
Traffic officers stopped a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder near the intersection of North 34th Street and Brook Avenue at about 1:35 p.m. Tuesday. Police identified the driver as Joel Trevino Chavez, 38, of Waco. A check through a national database uncovered four outstanding warrants from 1999 in the state of Oregon, Bynum said.
Chavez was wanted on two felony counts of sexual abuse and two counts of sexual penetration with a foreign object, according to jail records.
Chavez went on the run from law enforcement in 1999 and spent time in Mexico before he moved to Waco several years ago, Bynum said.
Police arrested Chavez on the warrants. He remained in McLennan County Jail on Wednesday with bond listed at $1 million. He was also on an immigration hold, according to jail records.
"The good news is this guy is no longer hiding out in our city, because we found him, and he will soon be headed back to Oregon," Bynum said.
Lopez appeared in front of 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson for a brief hearing Wednesday afternoon and said he would not oppose extradition. Arraignments remain pending for his return to Oregon.