Undocumented immigrant from Mexico arrested for rape of local 5-year-old

Jose-Manuel Garcia Gonzalez, aka "Manuel Gonzalez" (Photo Courtesy: Alexander Police Department)

Authorities arrested an undocumented immigrant, originally from Mexico, accused of raping a 5-year-old in Alexander.

Jose-Manuel Garcia Gonzalez, who goes by "Manuel Gonzalez", has been charged with rape and sexual grooming after being arrested Wednesday morning.

The investigation into Gonzalez began when the Alexander Police Department was told about the possible sexual assault of a 5-year-old. After investigating, police identified the suspect as Gonzalez, who has been living in Alexander and Benton over the past year.

The Child Protective Services Division of the Arkansas State Police assisted in the investigation, which led police to get an arrest warrant for Gonzalez.

While investigating, police determined that Gonzalez had found out about the investigation and might leave the country to avoid prosecution. So, Alexander PD contacted the U.S. Marshals Service to help them track down Gonzalez.

A team of U.S. Marshals located Gonzalez on May 11, and took him into custody on the warrants out of Alexander.

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