U.S. Marshals arrest California fugitive accused of molesting a child in Salem

Gustavo Nicolas mug shot courtesy Marion County Jail

SALEM, Ore. - A California fugitive wanted for sexual assault of a minor was arrested in Salem Tuesday night.

Authorities arrested 26-year-old Gustavo Perez Nicolas as he was leaving an apartment located at 4200 Sunnyview Road in Salem. He was booked into the Marion County Jail.

Nicolas was originally arrested on May 8, 2016, by the Escondido Police Department in California. He was charged with committing a sexual battery on a minor. A $25,000 body was issued and posted for Nicolas on May 20, 2016.

On July 1, 2016, a San Diego County Superior Court judge issued an arrest warrant for Nicolas for failing to appear to his next court date.

He is wanted by the superior court for sexual battery, molesting a child, and for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

In June of 2017, the U.S. Marshals Service in the Southern District of California became involved in the criminal investigation to locate Nicolas.

After investigating, U.S. Marshals discovered he was living in Salem.

Nicolas will appear in Marion County court and the case is pending extradition back to California.

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