Ames Police Appalled at Decision Made by Authorities in Texas Regarding Fugitive

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AMES, Iowa — The Ames Police Department is appalled that Border Patrol Agents in Texas released a woman wanted for outstanding felony warrants here in Iowa, after they already had her in custody.

Ames Police say they were notified on Saturday afternoon by Border Patrol that they had detained 23-year-old Marqita Correa after she had entered the United States from Mexico.

Correa had four outstanding warrants through the Ames Police Department: 2 counts of sexual abuse 2nd degree and 2 counts of child endangerment. Correa is accused of aiding and abetting her boyfriend, 43 year-old Fernando Rodriguez, in sexually abusing two young children at a trailer home in Ames sometime between 2012 and 2013.  After being questioned by Ames Police in 2013, Correa is believed to have fled to Mexico to evade arrest.

Ames Police Department Commander and Public Information Officer Jason Tuttle wants to know why Border Patrol let Correa go, saying, “They had notified us that they had her in custody and that she was at a hospital somewhere in Laredo, Texas. We had conversations with the jail about making arrangements to extradite her from Texas.”

Commander Tuttle says extradition never happened because Border Patrol let the fugitive go, adding, “Apparently there was some discussion between them and the local sheriff`s office, which is I believe Webb County, in Texas about who was going to take custody of her because she was at a hospital and our understanding was that the jail would only take custody of her if there was a medical waiver completed and so our understanding was that the border patrol wasn`t going to sit on her any longer.”

Surprisingly, Correa turned herself in to the Story County Jail Thursday night, but Commander Tuttle wants answers as to why she was released from the custody of Border Patrol in the first place, saying, “I`ve never had this happen before. Again, we are working, and continue to work with Border Patrol to figure out why this happened and we want to make sure this doesn`t happen again to any other law enforcement agencies.”  Commander Tuttle doesn’t want it to happen to Correa’s alleged accomplice, Fernando Rodriguez, who still remains at large, saying, “our concern still is that really the primary suspect in this case is still out there, free roaming around, not sure if he`s trying to perpetrate another young people but that`s the concern that we have.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Ames Police Department or Story County Crime Stoppers at 515-382-7577.


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