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U.S. Marshals arrests man accused of sexual assault on minor

Ricardo Ruan (U.S. Marshals Service)

PHOENIX — A man accused of sexually assaulting a minor in 2018 was arrested in Mesa, authorities said Thursday.

Ricardo Ruan, 24, was caught leaving a motel room Wednesday after authorities spent weeks searching for him since his last indictment in Yuma on April 22.

He was arrested in connection to the July 2018 sexual assault of a then 15-year-old girl in Yuma, according to U.S. Marshals.

Ruan was indicted in Yuma County in April on multiple counts of sexual assault of a minor, multiple counts of sexual conduct with a minor and kidnapping.

Detectives discovered Ruan left the area and on April 23, requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service led Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force in locating and arresting him.

Ruan was booked at the Mesa jail and awaits extradition to Yuma County to face charges.

“These types of horrific crimes against children demands a strong response,” United States Marshal David Gonzales said in a press release.

“This arrest is an example of law enforcement working collaboratively to remove dangerous individuals from the community.”

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