An undocumented Guatemalan immigrant who Santa Fe police said repeatedly sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl has escaped the country.
Detective Andrea Dobyns told me she has confirmed through acquaintances of 28-year-old Mario Humberto Cortez-DelCid that he has in fact been able to return to his native country before authorities were able to locate him and serve him with an arrest warrant charging him with 11 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor.
Cortez-DelCid was an undocumented immigrant who was renting a room from the girl’s family at a home off Airport Road. He worked at Lowe’s Supermarket and K-Mart on St. Michael’s Drive.
Here are some details of the allegations from my article in last week’s New Mexican:
Police are looking for a Guatemalan man they say is trying to flee to his home country after he admitted to raping a 7-year-old girl in the Santa Fe home where he had rented a room.
An arrest warrant has been issued charging Mario Humberto Cortez-DelCid, 28, with 11 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor between mid-February and mid-March.
Santa Fe Police Detective Sgt. Louis Carlos said Cortez-DelCid is not related to the abused girl but was renting a room from her parents at their home in the 6900 block of Airport Road.
“While the father would be in the shower getting ready for work, the suspect would commit the acts — sometimes going and getting the girl and taking her to his room — and threatened her that he would do it even worse if she told anyone,” Carlos said. “Fortunately, this little girl mustered up the courage to eventually tell her grandmother what was happening.”
Police say the family knew Cortez-DelCid through mutual friends. When they confronted him about the sexual-abuse allegations, he initially denied it before relenting, according to Carlos.
“They say that he put his hands together as if he was praying, looked up to heaven, fell to his knees and said in Spanish, ‘God forgive me,’ ” Carlos said.
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