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Texas child-sex-crimes fugitive caught at Bragg checkpoint

Posted February 9, 2015

Jose Luis Cruz, also known as Steven Kinchens Velasquez

— A man on the run from law enforcement for 17 years was apprehended last week at a security checkpoint at Fort Bragg, authorities said Monday.

Jose Luis Cruz, 39, has been sought by authorities in Texas since September 1997, when he was charged with aggravated assault of a child under age 14. He was being held Monday in the Cumberland County jail awaiting extradition to Texas.

Cruz, who is in the U.S. illegally, has been living in Parkton under the alias Steven Kinchens Velasquez, authorities said.

Cruz was taken into custody on Thursday after attempting to pass through a security gate at Fort Bragg with a landscaping company for which he is employed. Cumberland County deputies ran a computer check of his name and learned that he had been previously arrested and fingerprinted.


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