Child sex assault suspect arrested in Central Texas, 2 others accused of helping him evade authorities

Suspect’s father charged with hindering apprehension

Jesus Rocha-Alvarez, who was wanted in Hays County on a child sex crime charge, was arrested on Nov. 10, 2019 in Austin. (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – A child sex assault suspect who was on the run for nearly a week was captured Sunday in Austin, according to the Hays County Sheriff’s Office.

Jesus Rocha-Alvarez, 33, was taken into custody by the office’s repeat offenders unit in the 300 block of East Slaughter Lane. He is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl.

Rocha-Alvarez was able to elude authorities for days due to the help of his father and a friend, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies believe that Michael Joseph Villarreal, 43, gave Rocha-Alvarez a place to stay at his home and helped take him to Austin.

Deputies also believe Jesus Fernandez-Alvarez, the suspect’s father, was organizing a flight for his son, according to the news release.

Fernandez-Alvarez was charged with hindering apprehension. Villarreal was charged with interference with public duties, according to the sheriff’s office.

Rocha-Alvarez and his father remained in Hays County Jail Monday and are awaiting a bond hearing. Villarreal was released on a $5000 bond.

Jesus Fernandez-Alvarez was charged with hindering apprehension of a felon.
Michael Villarreal was charged with interfering with public duties.

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