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Sheriff Jean E. Stanfield announced today that her department’s Fugitive Unit, in cooperation with the United States Marshall Service and the New Jersey State Police, has apprehended a fugitive in Suwanee, Georgia wanted for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Minor. Jorge Cerezo, age 44, was taken into custody and transported to the Burlington County Detention Center in Mt. Holly on Thursday, April 12, 2018.
“This was great work and wonderful interagency cooperation,” said Sheriff Stanfield. “When law enforcement officials are able to work together, we can make our communities safer for everyone.”
On July 24, 2001 Jorge Cerezo was accused of committing Aggravated Sexual Assault on his step-daughter in a hotel room while two other minors were present. One of the minors had managed to flee and alerted the New Jersey State Police. Cerezo was subsequently arrested by State Police and convicted of the crime in the Burlington County Superior Court.
Before sentencing, Cerezo fled and a warrant was issued for his arrest on July 02, 2002.
“It was originally believed that the fugitive had fled to Mexico,” explained Sheriff Stanfield. “However, thanks to the thorough investigating of Sheriff’s Detective Stephen Felder, intelligence was developed that Cerezo was still located in the United States and further identified several persons of interest that could assist with the investigation.”
Upon confirming the current residence of Jorge Cerezo, Detective Felder, the United States Marshall Service and the New Jersey State Police traveled to Suwanee, Georgia to apprehend the fugitive.
Cerezo will be additionally charged with Bail Jumping.
“I am proud that our department continues to demonstrate its effectiveness and ability to apprehend individuals who pose a threat to our communities. I extend my thanks to all parties involved in what was another successful fugitive apprehension,” concluded Sheriff Stanfield.