Federal authorities said a fugitive from Honolulu wanted on sex assault charges was arrested on Monday in Puerto Rico.
U.S. Marshals said in a press release that Israel Vega Malave, 35, of Mililani had been released on bail pending trial and was arrested in Guayama, Puerto Rico. Malave was first arrested in 2013 on three counts of sexual assault in the first degree and three counts of sexual assault in the third degree.
An arrest warrant was issued after he failed to appear for trial on June 26. The Honolulu Police Department and U.S. Marshals said they opened a joint investigation and discovered that Malave was hiding in Puerto Rico with relatives. U.S. Marshals and Puerto Rico police tracked him to a family residence in Guayama, where he was taken into custody.
Malave was booked into the Bayamon State Jail pending a court appearance and extradition hearing.