A man who has spent 10 months on the run for allegations he sexually assaulted a Turlock teenager was apprehended trying to cross into the United States from Mexico.
Eladio Ramirez Tizoc, 23, of Modesto was apprehended by border patrol agents in San Diego and turned over to Turlock Police officers on Monday.
Tizoc is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl that he met through Instagram. He is facing charges of on two counts of sodomy, two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior, penetration with a foreign object, and lewd and unlawful sexual intercourse. Tizoc met the victim by following her through the social media site and eventually commenting on her photos. Tizoc met with the girl on four separate occasions.
The situation came to light on the morning of Nov. 24, 2013, when an individual reported seeing a young girl sitting alongside a Turlock road crying. The responding Turlock Police officer learned from the girl that she had left her home without anyone knowing and when she returned a light was on inside and she was afraid to go back inside. Upon further questioning, the officer uncovered the girl’s meetings with Tizoc and called in detectives.
Detectives were able to locate Tizoc through his Instagram account and he was taken into custody on Dec. 4, 2013, at his Modesto residence. Tizoc was scheduled for a court hearing on Jan. 3, but never appeared.
The Homeland Security Investigations unit in Mexico received credible information Tizoc had left the United States and was hiding in Mexico, according to the U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement agency, which began featuring Tizoc on the Operation Predator app.
Tizoc is currently being held at the Stanislaus County Jail in lieu of a $400,500 bail. He also has an immigration hold.