On March 2, 2020, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Team in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Service – Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force (USMS-GLRFTF), and U.S. Marshals Service – New Orleans Fugitive Task Force (USMS-NOFTF), apprehended Mario J. Colindres-Galeano, 26, of the 2100 block of Williamsburg Drive, Waukegan.
On December 4, 2019, Waukegan Police Officers obtained an arrest warrant for Colindres-Galeano for aggravated criminal sexual abuse. On December 10, 2019, another warrant was issued for Colindres-Galeano for failure to appear on aggravated criminal sexual abuse and child pornography charges. The collective bond on the warrants was $1,500,000.00.
Warrants deputies learned Colindres-Galeano was actively attempting to avoid apprehension. During the course of the fugitive investigation, warrants deputies learned Colindres-Galeano fled Illinois and was hiding in Louisiana. On February 27, 2020, warrants deputies contacted the USMS-NOFTF, and through a joint investigation, determined Colindres-Galeano was hiding at a residence in the 19400 block of Slemmer Road, Covington, LA.
On March 2, 2020, USMS-NOFTF served the arrest warrant. After approaching the residence, Colindres-Galeano was observed trying to flee the residence from the rear access hatch of a chicken coup, which was attached to the home. Colindres-Galeano was taken into custody without further incident and transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail, where he remains held pending extradition hearings.
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