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Illegal Immigrant Charged in 1997 Rape

Posted June 22, 2007

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— An illegal immigrant was arrested Friday morning and charged with a rape that occurred in Wilson 10 years ago, police said.

Jonas Mondragon-Chavez, also known as Jose Oseas Vazquez Baltazar, was arrested in Monroe by members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service Violent Fugitive Task Force and Hornet’s Nest Task Force and officers of the Monroe Police Department, police said.

Mondragon-Chavez was wanted in connection with a February 1997 rape and assault of a woman in Wilson. During a recent investigation, police learned that Mondragon-Chavez had been deported in 1998 and re-entered the U.S. the following year under a different identity and began a new life with family.

He is charged with first-degree rape and assault with a deadly weapon. He is being held in Wilson County Jail under a $1 million bond.