Deputies apprehend fugitive with outstanding warrant for sexual assault

Martin Espino, Courtesy of the Nacogdoches County Jail
Martin Espino, Courtesy of the Nacogdoches County Jail

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) – In efforts to retrieve clues following Monday night's kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault, officers apprehended a fugitive with an outstanding Federal Warrant for Sexual assault.

Martin Leija Espino, 43, was arrested in Nacogdoches County Friday and is being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail without bond, until he can be transferred to a Federal housing unit.

Nacogdoches County Sheriff Thomas Kerss says Espino is not considered a viable suspect in Monday's attack, but his detection and arrest is significant to helping make the community safer.

Kerss says deputies spent much of the week conducting door to door searches in Northwestern Nacogdoches County and portions of Rusk and Cherokee counties in efforts to find leads.

Officers have also spent much of the week contacting registered sex offenders located throughout the area to determine their whereabouts during the time of Monday's attack.

Kerss says, although Espino's arrest is not directly related to Monday's kidnapping, officials say they are determined to bring the individual responsible to justice, and will continue to expend every effort necessary to locate and arrest the predator.

"We greatly appreciate the assistance we have received from our fellow law enforcement officers, as well as the numerous tips we have received from our local citizens. We ask that anyone who believes they may have information that could aide in the investigation to contact the Sheriff's Office (936-560-7777) or Crime Stoppers," said Kerss.

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