Police: Springfield sex assault suspect arrested in El Salvador after a decade on the run

The suspect in a 2013 sexual assault in Springfield, Virginia, was arrested in El Salvador after more than 10 years on the run, Fairfax County police announced Friday.

David Ernesto Cuevas Maldonado was initially arrested and charged in the sex assault case in 2014 with the help of a DNA profile established by evidence collected in 2014, according to a news release from the Fairfax County Police Department.

The charges stem from a report made Oct. 21, 2013. Officers responded to a residence in the 7200 block of Commerce Street in Springfield, near where the PaperMoon Gentleman’s Club is currently located. Police said someone was sexually assaulted by an unknown man inside the home.

After his arrest more than a decade ago, Maldonado, then 27, was released on bond and fled to El Salvador, police said. Maldonado was recently arrested in El Salvador and extradited to Fairfax County, where he’s being held without bond.

Police urged anyone with more information about the case to call the department at 703-246-7800, option 3. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers at 866-411-8477 or online.

Below is a map of where police said the sexual assault occurred.

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Thomas Robertson

Thomas Robertson is an Associate Producer and Web Writer/Editor at WTOP. After graduating in 2019 from James Madison University, Thomas moved away from Virginia for the first time in his life to cover the local government beat for a small daily newspaper in Zanesville, Ohio.

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