Criminal Justice News

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sexual Predator Arrested After 5 Months on the Run

Suspect Facing Sexual Assault Charge Captured

San Antonio, TX – Leonard Willis, 48, was arrested this afternoon by members of the United States Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (LSFTF) in San Antonio, TX. An arrest warrant was issued pursuant to an investigation by the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO), where it is alleged that Willis committed sexual assault.

On June 2, 2015, members of the LSFTF were contacted by members of the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force (GCRFTF) to assist in searching for Willis in New Braunfels, TX. Members of the LSFTF immediately initiated an investigation in locating and apprehending Willis. This afternoon, through investigative efforts and extensive surveillance, task force officers observed Willis working in the 700 block of North Interstate 35 on the east side of New Braunfels. Task force officers approached Willis, identified themselves, and took him into custody without incident.

On October 3, 2014, Willis was allegedly involved in sexually assaulting a young woman at his home in Crystal Beach, TX. A police report was filed with the GCSO and an immediate investigation was conducted. After a thorough investigation by GCSO investigators, an arrest warrant was issued for Willis on January 2, 2015. Willis subsequently fled Galveston County to avoid apprehension and remained a fugitive until he was arrested this afternoon.

Willis is currently being held in custody at the Comal County Sheriff’s Office on $250,000 bond awaiting extradition to Galveston County.

Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, states, “This afternoon, the collaborative efforts between the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, and the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the apprehension of a sexual predator who’s been on the run for 5 months. Due to the hard work of all the officers involved, Willis will finally see his day in court.”

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force:

    New Braunfels Police Department
    San Antonio Police Department
    San Antonio Independent School District Police Department
    Bexar County Sheriff’s Office
    Comal County Sheriff’s Office
    Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office
    Bexar County District Attorney’s Office
    Texas Office of The Attorney General
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Office of the Inspector General
    Immigration & Customs Enforcement – Office of Detention & Removal
    U.S. Marshals Service

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