Fugitive arrested, accused of sexually assaulting children

U.S. Marshals say man allegedly fondled, sodomized two juvenile males

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DEL RIO, Texas - U.S. Marshals say a 38-year-old man allegedly accused of sexually assaulting children was arrested Saturday after fleeing from Del Rio, Texas to Twentynine Palms, Calif.

An arrest warrant was issued for Kenneth Taisipic Muna, 38, pursuant to an investigation by the Del Rio Police Department, where authorities said it is alleged that Muna committed three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of indecency with a child.

On April 26, officials said Muna was indicted by a Grand Jury in Val Verde County and an arrest warrant was issued after an investigation was conducted by the DRPD, alleging that Muna had fondled and sodomized two juvenile males in Aug. 2012. After the alleged incident, Muna fled from Del Rio, Texas to Twentynine Palms, Calif. where he was arrested Saturday.

The U.S. Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force was contacted by Del Rio police on June 5 for assistance in locating and apprehending Muna.

Task force officers initiated an investigation and determined that Muna had previously fled from Del Rio, Texas to Twentynine Palms, CA. Authorities said task force officers then contacted the U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force (PSRFTF) for assistance in locating and apprehending Muna.

Last week, members of the PSRFTF, through investigative efforts, determined that Muna was hiding out at an apartment in the 73000 block of Sunnyvale Avenue in Twentynine Palms, Calif. Authorities said task force officers entered the apartment, identified themselves and found Muna hiding in the bathroom.

U.S. Marshals said Muna was immediately arrested and taken into custody without incident.

Authorities said Muna is currently being held at the Morongo Basin Jail in San Bernardino County, Calif. on a $50,000 bond, awaiting extradition back to Val Verde County, Texas.

"Thanks to the collaborative efforts of both the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force and the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force for taking another sex predator off the streets," said Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas. "Now that Muna is behind bars, hopefully the healing process can begin for these two young boys who viciously had their innocence taken away."


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