Feds seek Modesto man suspected of having sex with teen girl

Feds seek Modesto man suspected of having sex with teen girl

By Rosalio Ahumada | The Modesto Bee

Federal authorities have added a Modesto man to their smartphone app listing wanted fugitives suspected of committing sex crimes in the United States. The man is believed to be hiding in Mexico to avoid prosecution in Stanislaus County.

Police have said Eladio Ramirez Tizoc, 22, used social media to find a 14-year-old Turlock girl. He was arrested Dec. 4 and later bailed out of jail. Authorities haven’t seen him since.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement became involved in the Turlock case this week. The federal agency’s Homeland Security Investigations office in Mexico received credible information that Tizoc may have escaped into Mexico, according to a news release.

Tizoc’s mug shot and his biographical information are now posted on ICE’s Operation Predator app. Tips from the public can be reported anonymously through the app, by phone or online.

The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint against Tizoc on Dec. 30. Prosecutors charged him with nine felony sexual offenses, which include unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, sodomy with a minor, lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14, and penetration with a foreign object.

Stanislaus Superior Court records suggest Tizoc never appeared for his Jan. 3 arraignment hearing. On Jan. 9, his mugshot and information were added to the list of most wanted fugitives on the Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers website.

Federal authorities said Tizoc met the girl online when she was 13 years old, following and commenting on her Instagram postings. Instagram is a photo- and video-sharing social media service. Eventually, Tizoc arranged to meet her.

Turlock police investigators learned Tizoc had as many as four encounters with the girl in four weeks. After a week and a half of investigation, police arrested Tizoc at his home.

Police described Tizoc as 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

By profiling him on the Operation Predator app, federal authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding Tizoc. The app seeks tips from the public about fugitives and helps law enforcement identify suspects in crimes against children.

The smartphone app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or from iTunes.

Federal authorities say the app has been downloaded more than 80,000 times since its launch in mid-September. Within hours of its launch, the app resulted in the capture of one of its profiled fugitives in Detroit.

The app allows users to receive alerts about fugitives, share the information via email and social media tools, and provide information by calling or submitting an online tip. Users can view news about the arrest and prosecution of child predators.

Federal authorities ask that anyone with information about Tizoc or other fugitives profiled on the app contact them through the app or call their tip line at (866) 347-2423 from the United States and Canada or (802) 872-6199 from elsewhere in the world. Tipsters also can submit an online tip form at www.ice.gov/tips.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at rahumada@modbee.com or (209) 578-2394. Follow him on Twitter @ModBeeCourts.

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