A man who reportedly fled from the United States after learning he was under criminal investigation for the alleged sexual abuse of three young sisters is behind bars.
On August 11, 2021, the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) received a complaint alleging three sisters were sexually abused by a family member over a span of several years. During the investigation, it was determined the alleged sexual crimes occurred while the three women were juveniles, between 1998 and 2011.
The suspect was quickly identified as Ernesto Crispin-Cruz of Smoketree Drive, Fuquay-Varina. It was also learned during the investigation that Crispin-Cruz fled the United States to a location in Central Mexico about the time that the complaint was filed with law enforcement.
Once the Investigation was completed, arrest warrants were issued September 24, 2021 on Crispin-Cruz, charging him with two felony counts of statutory sexual offense with a child by an adult, and three counts of indecent liberties with a child.
Crispin-Cruz was entered into the National Crime Information Center database as a wanted person and efforts were initiated to locate and take him into custody.
On October 6th, Crispin-Cruz was taken into custody in Texas by the United States Customs and Border Protection Agency. He was transferred to the Webb County Jail in Laredo, Texas, where he was held to await extradition back to North Carolina.
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety transported Crispin-Cruz from Laredo, Texas to the Harnett County Detention Center. Crispin-Cruz arrived at the Harnett County Jail on November 9th. He is being held on a $500,000 secured bond.