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SoCal fugitives found, sent back from Mexico

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

June 22, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two fugitives wanted in separate cases have been caught and returned to Southern California after investigations led detectives to their whereabouts in Mexico.Daniel Morales has been returned to the United States to face charges for allegedly forcing his way into the Laguna Niguel home of a female relative and attempting to rape the relative and a child.

Morales allegedly ripped up the bedding and tied the adult victim with it. He then attempted to rape and sodomize a minor female who was also at the residence.

Morales was located in Mexicali, Mexico. The U.S. Department of Justice issued a provisional arrest warrant that enabled Mexican authorities, working with FBI agents assigned in Mexico, to locate and arrest Morales.

He was returned June15 and is in custody in Orange County.

The Orange County district attorney has charged Morales with attempted rape and sodomy of an adult victim and forcible lewd acts on a minor.

In the second case, on June 9, Eduardo Gilbert Nevarez was deported from Mexico after being arrested by law enforcement working with the FBI.

In March 2001, he was charged with violating parole after serving time in prison for narcotics distribution.

A federal arrest warrant was issued in August 2001 after Nevarez was charged with unlawful flight to avoid confinement.

Nevarez was also wanted by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department for a double homicide in Lynwood in February 2001.