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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Fort Lauderdale police say Raymond Vincent impregnated a 10-year-old girl earlier this year and then fled to Haiti.
On Friday afternoon, U.S. Marshals returned Vincent to South Florida where he was greeted by Fort Lauderdale police who slapped handcuffs on him.
“If you’re a fugitive and you want to be a fugitive and you think fleeing the U.S. is going to save you?” said Senior Inspector Barry Golden, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals. “Think again.”
Golden said U.S. Marshals in the Dominican Republic worked with Haitian National Police and U.S. State Department investigators for several months to locate Vincent. Golden said Vincent was living in a coastal town 180 miles from Port Au Prince.
“The Haitian National Police were there for several days watching certain locations in Haiti to determine where he was before they took him into custody,” Golden said.
Fort Lauderdale police arrested Raymond Vincent before – in 2012 – for preying on another underage girl by promising her food. Police described Vincent at that time as a youth pastor. And even though Vincent faced multiple counts of lewd and lascivious molestation, a jury acquitted Vincent of the charges.
Now, Vincent is back in the Broward criminal justice system. And Golden promised that other accused fugitives will also be brought to justice.
“We’re going to track you down and we’re going to bring you back to face those criminal charges,” Golden said. “That’s it and that’s what happened in this case to Mr. Vincent.”
Vincent is expected to go before a judge on Saturday. He is charged with sexual battery on a child and lewd and lascivious conduct.