State Briefs | FBI seek sex abuse suspect awaiting trial in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Federal authorities are searching for a defendant in a sexual abuse case who went missing from a halfway house in Albuquerque.
FBI officials said Monday that Jan Jay Moolenijzer was under strict pre-trial release conditions when he left the halfway house without permission on Aug. 5.
The 68-year-old’s last known location was Tucson, Arizona.
Moolenijzer was arrested nearly a year ago in Albuquerque. He was indicted in March on four counts of aggravated sexual abuse stemming from incidents in 2001 and 2002 on tribal land in Cibola County.
According to the indictment, Moolenijzer, who is not Native American, is accused of inappropriately touching a boy under the age of 12.
The victim is a member of a tribe.
A federal warrant has been issued for Moolenijzer’s arrest.
Drowning victim ID’ed as 16-year-old Las Vegas girl
LAUGHLIN, Nev. – Authorities have confirmed the identity of a girl whose body was pulled from the Colorado River in Laughlin.
The Mohave Valley Daily News of Bullhead City, Arizona, reports that the Clark County Coroner’s Office on Friday identified the girl as 16-year-old Sharon Mako of Las Vegas.
An official autopsy is pending but it appears the teen drowned.
Mako was reported missing Wednesday afternoon while swimming in the river.
According to a GoFundMe page for Mako’s family, she was traveling with a church youth group.
She had decided to go swimming on the last day of their trip and drifted to a deeper side of the river.
The teen came to the U.S. in 2015 as a refugee from Namibia.
She was planning to attend college in the fall.
Border agent facing trial for hitting migrant gets plea deal
TUCSON – A Border Patrol agent accused of using his vehicle to knock over a fleeing Guatemalan migrant nearly two years ago in Arizona has reached a plea agreement.
Matthew Bowen was scheduled to go on trial Monday in U.S. District Court in Tucson for the December 2017 incident in Nogales, Arizona.
Court records show Bowen has pleaded guilty to deprivation of rights under color of law, a misdemeanor.
He's scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 15.
Bowen's attorney told the court last week that Bowen has resigned from the Border Patrol.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials suspended Bowen indefinitely in June 2018 shortly after he was indicted.
Bowen's case drew widespread attention after his alleged text messages from November 2017 calling migrants "savages" and "subhuman" were included in a court filing.
Arizona Cardinals executive VP arrested on suspicion of DUI
CHANDLER – Authorities say Arizona Cardinals’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Ron Minegar has been arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Chandler police say Minegar was stopped around 11:30 p.m. Saturday for speeding, failure to drive within one lane of traffic and driving within the bicycle lane.
They say further investigation resulted in the DUI arrest and he was cited and released.
Other details weren’t immediately disclosed by police.
The 60-year-old Minegar has been with the Cardinals since 2000.