FBI Joins Search for Suspected Sexual Predator
|FBI ChicagoJuly 12, 2011|
Robert D. Grant, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is asking for the public’s help in locating a former Chicago resident who is wanted for the August 2003 sexual assault of three minor children.
HUGO SANCHEZ, age 35, whose last known address was 5416 South Washtenaw in Chicago, has been the subject of an international manhunt coordinated by the Chicago FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF) since 2008, when he was charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, which is a felony offense.
SANCHEZ is believed to have fled the state in August of 2003, shortly after being charged in Cook County Circuit Court with predatory criminal sexual assault. Investigation by the Chicago Police Department developed evidence linking SANCHEZ to the sexual assault of the children, resulting in the charges that were filed against him. SANCHEZ was arrested and initially was held without bond. However, bond was eventually posted and he was released from custody but he failed to appear at his next scheduled court hearing.
SANCHEZ is described as a Hispanic male, 5’8” tall, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
The search for SANCHEZ is being coordinated by the Chicago FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF) which is comprised of FBI special agents, detectives from the Chicago Police Department and investigators from the Cook County Sheriff’s Police.
Anyone recognizing SANCHEZ or having any information as to his current whereabouts is asked to call the Chicago FBI at (312) 421-6700 or any law enforcement agency.
The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Copies of the below wanted flyer or the criminal complaint filed in this case are available from the Chicago FBI’s press office at (312) 829-1199.