2012-04-20 / Top Stories

FR Man Extradited To Stamford

Rafael Cruz, 32 Rafael Cruz, 32 A Far Rockaway man arrested in January by U.S. Marshalls has been extradited to Norwalk, Connecticut and was formally charged this week for allegedly sexually assaulting the same teenager on two separate occasions, according to reports. A month-long manhunt that started in Connecticut ended in Far Rockaway when US Marshalls busted Rafael Cruz, 32, hiding out inside a Lewmay Road house, wanted for a series of alleged sexual assaults in Connecticut, according to published reports.

Cruz, whose registered address is in

Stamford, Connecticut, was wanted by both

Stamford and Norwalk police for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

He tried to fight the extradition process but eventually surrendered and was charged with second degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a child, according to published reports.

He also faces the same set of charges in

Norwalk, Connecticut where he’s accused of having sex with the same girl prior to moving to Stamford last summer. He was held on $88,000 bond in a Stamford jail but has been arraigned in both cities.

Police targeted Cruz after a Stamford woman brought her daughter, the 14- year-old victim, to the hospital after she saw Cruz having sex with her daughter the night before, police said. Cruz has had prior arrests in New York and Connecticut on charges of armed robbery, first-degree assault and assault with a weapon and various other domestic charges. He was tracked down by Marshalls when they located him from his cell phone signal.

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