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Guevara-Olivia Taken Into Custody

Guevara-Olivia Taken Into Custody


Santos Javier Guevara-Olivia, 33

Santos Javier Guevara-Olivia, 33


Fugitive Wanted For Child Rape Is In Custody

Carpinteria - May 30th, 2013

After a four month investigation that involved a joint effort between local, federal and Maryland authorities, a fugitive wanted for forcibly molesting and raping a child under the age of 14 in Carpinteria is in custody at the Santa Barbara County Jail.   Sheriff’s Detectives who have been tracking the fugitive ever since he fled from questioning in January, flew to Maryland on Tuesday and took 33 year old Santos Javier Guevara-Oliva into custody and transported him back to Santa Barbara County where if convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison with no possibility of parole.

Sheriff’s Investigators learned of the aggravated assault and forcible rape of a young victim in Carpinteria on January 23rd, 2013.  During the course of the investigation, they learned that Guevara-Oliva, who was living with his girlfriend and her daughter, had sexually assaulted the daughter while living at the home.  When Guevara-Oliva heard he was going to be brought in for questioning regarding the abuse, he fled the area. 

On February 1st, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office filed state criminal charges against Guevara-Oliva for aggravated sexual assault on a child under 14-years-of age and for forcible rape.  Sheriff’s Detectives contacted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after they suspected that Guevara-Oliva may be unlawfully in the country.  ICE conducted an investigation and determined that Guevara-Oliva is a citizen of El Salvador, who was previously deported from the United States as an aggravated felon in December of 2010.   In 2009, he was convicted of grand theft and false imprisonment in Santa Barbara and sentenced to two years in prison.  At an unknown place and time, he illegally re-entered the United States and took up residence in Carpinteria.

After an extensive investigation, Sheriff’s Detectives tracked Guevara-Oliva’s whereabouts to Hyattsville, Maryland where he was found hiding out at a family member’s home.  Through a joint effort and continuous interaction between ICE officers, Maryland State Police, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Detectives, Guevara-Oliva was arrested on February 25th at his Hyattsville residence by federal immigration officers. Due to the fact Guevara-Oliva fought extradition, a warrant was obtained from the Governor’s office to bring him back to our jurisdiction.

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