|For Immediate Release
August 12, 2014
OCDA ANNOUNCES EXTRADITION OF TWO FUGITIVES FROM GUATEMALA AND SPAIN FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD AND CHILD ABDUCTION PROBATION VIOLATION
SANTA ANA – The Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) announced the extradition of two fugitives from Guatemala and Spain for serious and violent felonies committed in Orange County. Jose Carmen Sian, 42, and Jose Luis Pereda, 46, were extradited on Aug. 7, 2014. Sian was extradited from Guatemala for the sexual assault of a child, and Pereda was extradited from Spain for a probation violation stemming from domestic violence and child abduction.
“Whether it is before or after conviction, we are going to continue to bring fugitives to justice to ensure they are held accountable for the harm they have caused,” said District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. “Bringing these defendants to justice will help bring closure to victims and prevent innocent people from becoming future victims.”
Deputy District Attorney Erin Rowe of the Special Prosecutions Unit secured the extraditions.
In 2013/2014, the OCDA extradited eight international fugitives and successfully brought home a child who had been abducted. These extraditions have included defendants located in Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, and Spain, and an abducted child located in the Netherlands.
An attorney in the OCDA’s Special Prosecutions Unit with specialized experience in extraditions orchestrates the search and apprehension of Orange County’s most serious, violent, and dangerous fugitives. The majority of extradition cases involve homicide, sexual assault, gang cases, major fraud, and child abduction.
The OCDA partners with and receives tremendous assistance and support in locating and extraditing fugitives from the local and worldwide Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of State, Homeland Security, local law enforcement and investigating agencies, and Interpol.