Crime Stoppers ‘Most Wanted’ fugitive, accused of sex crimes, caught by US Marshals

Writer: Joey Pellegrino
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Manuel Hernandez Hernandez. Credit: Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers

One of Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers’ 10 most wanted felons is in custody after being arrested Tuesday, following more than a year and a half of evading law enforcement.

According to Crime Stoppers, Manuel Hernandez Hernandez, 43, originally of North Fort Myers, was seen on the 10 most wanted list by someone who recognized him and reported his whereabouts to the US Marshals Florida Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force. Marshals went to the census-designated Ruskin community in Hillsborough County early Tuesday afternoon and found that he had been living and working there despite knowing that he was a wanted man just a few counties to the south.

Hernandez Hernandez, who is accused of sexual battery on a child under the age of 12 in Lee County, was taken into custody without incident, and law enforcement says he will be transported back to Lee County at some point in the near future.

According to the victim, Hernandez Hernandez raped the girl on several occasions and also tried to sodomize her. When she told an adult about what was happening to her, Hernandez Hernandez left town. He has had 11 previous bookings for fraud, drugs and other felony charges.

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