Man wanted in Texas nabbed at Fort Bragg checkpoint

Posted: Feb 09, 2015 12:19 PM CSTUpdated: Feb 09,
Posted: Feb 09, 2015 12:19 PM CST

Updated: Feb 09, 2015 3:34 PM CSTby WNCN Staff


FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -A man Texas officials have sought for 18 years is in custody after he was arrested at Fort Bragg checkpoint Thursday, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Steven Kinchens Velasquez, 39, of Parkton, whose true identity is Jose Luis Cruz, who is not legally in the United States. Cruz was already serving an active probationary sentence for driving while impaired in North Carolina.

But Texas lawmen had sought him for 18 years on felony charges of sexually assaulting a child. Texas officials had been looking for him since September 1997, when was charged with the aggravated assault of a child under the age of 14.
Cruz will be returned to Texas to face those charges.

Cruz was working for a landscaping company when he tried to pass through a security gate at Fort Bragg for work. Authorities there were suspicious and he was taken to the Cumberland County jail and fingerprinted. That's when authorities realized his identity and alerted Texas officials.