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Denison fugitive arrested in Massachusetts for child sex assault

Published: Dec. 16, 2020 at 4:04 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 16, 2020 at 5:58 PM CST
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DENISON, Texas (KXII) - A Denison man wanted for child sexual assault has been arrested in Massachusetts.

The Grayson County District Attorneys Office said Massachusetts State Police arrested 43-year-old Carlos Hernandez-Lara Jr. in Woburn on a Grayson County warrant.

District Attorney Brett Smith says Hernandez-Lara told officers his name was Jose Ramirez and gave them a fake ID.

“When he was approached by the Massachusetts state police, he gave the name Jose Ramirez and then showed a false I.D. card. That shows us that Mr. Hernandez was definitely trying to stay under the radar,” Smith said.

The Denison Police Department started looking into Hernandez-Lara in late 2014 for child sexual abuse. A warrant for his arrest was issued in 2016 after an indictment but his location was unknown.

Don Tran, an investigator with the District Attorney’s office was assigned to the case.

He says a tip inside the case file led him to believe that Hernandez-Lara may had run away to Massachusetts.

“It’s not uncommon for an absconder to leave the state and then assume a different identity. I’m not saying this is abnormal, but it’s something I’ve come across before,” Tran said.

Hernandez-Lara was found in Woburn Massachusetts, and he was arrested outside a PetSmart parking lot by state police. He is charged with sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child.

He’s being held at the Middlesex correctional facility in Massacusetts, and he will be moved to the Grayson County Jail.

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