The 26-year-old Hebron man who fled on foot after allegedly raping a child on October 13 has been captured in Iowa following a 10-day manhunt.
Following the 10-day manhunt, Esau Ancheyta Hernandez, 26, of Hebron, was apprehended Monday morning after police found him hiding under a bed in an apartment in Ames, Iowa after investigators pinpointed his location.
At around 9:30 a.m. on Monday, the U.S. Marshals forced open a locked bedroom door and located Hernandez hiding under a bed. He was taken into custody without further incident, officials said.
Hernandez faces one count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, which is a class X felony, for allegedly raping a child in Hebron on October 13 in the 12000 block of Hebron Road in unincorporated Hebron at around 6:45 a.m..
When officers arrived they learned that Esau Ancheyta Hernandez had allegedly raped a child inside the house. Authorities said that after Hernandez was confronted by family members, he fled on foot from the scene.
Officials said that a large multi-jurisdictional search, deploying multiple K-9’s, drones, and a helicopter, was conducted in the area of Hebron Road and the Illinois/Wisconsin State Line, but was unsuccessful in finding Hernandez.
On Monday following the capture of Hernandez, McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim said in a statement, “We expect to see this man face his charges here in the county once the extradition process has concluded. We have been at great pains to locate him since the incident occurred.”
Hernandez is currently being held at the Story County Jail in Iowa. The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said that Hernandez is a Mexican national and was previously deported from the United States in 2012 after being apprehended in southern California.
The arrest warrant carries a $250,000 bond. His next court date has not been scheduled yet.