According to the local Fox affiliate, the perp was previously arrested in Colorado. I guess the Colorado law enforcement/judicial system decided it wasn’t worth deporting him so he made his way to Utah and into the girl’s home.
This comes on the heels the O’Reilly – Geraldo smackdown.
Apparently the perp lived with five other families, all of whom were illegal immigrants as well. I assume the victim was born in the US or also entered illegally. No matter what, this ‘man’ must be caught. It is believed that he’s making a bee-line for Mexico.
For a look at video (including pictures) of the suspect click any of the following:
Syracuse Police Searching for Man Accused of Raping 11-Year-Old Girl (KSL)
Police looking for suspect in rape of 11-year-old girl (ABC4)
Syracuse Police Seek Man Who Raped Young Girl (KUTV)
Police Search For Accused Child Rapist (Fox13)
Some snippets gleened from the above sources:
If you have seen Benito Arizmendi Martinez call 801-825-4400!
Police say he was renting a room in a house where other families were living, including the 11-year-old victim. Police say the 11-year-old girl and the suspect did not know each other, aside from the fact they lived under the same roof. Twenty-two-year-old Benito Martinez was renting a room in the house and carpooled to various construction jobs with others also renting there.
Police say he is in the country illegally. He has been living in Syracuse for the last six months. They are concerned he may try to escape charges in Mexico. Jensen says the family of the victim reported the crime right away and have been helpful to police.
Jensen said about five different families live in the same house.
They are all illegal immigrants and the families working in the construction business,” said Lt. Jensen. “He needed a ride to work so it was convenient for him to live there and get a ride to work.”
Martinez used a coin to unlock the door and go inside the girl’s bedroom.
Within minutes, Martinez was sexually attacking the little girl.
Court documents said the little girl’s screams and ran into the bedroom.
“One of the family members interrupted it and told him that she was going to call police,” he said. “Prior to us arriving, he fled the scene.”
Police said the 22-year old Martinez is in the United States illegally. He’s been in Ogden and Salt Lake City before settling in Syracuse.