Haines City, Florida – On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (FRFTF) working with the U.S. Marshals Service in Idaho, arrested 32-year-old Gabriel Morales, who had an Idaho warrant for his arrest for Lewd and Lascivious Battery on a Child. The warrant stems from an incident during which Morales sexually molested a male juvenile in Power County, Idaho.
The FRFTF received a request for assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service in Idaho, with information that Morales may be in the Haines City area with a girlfriend. Detectives responded to 3rd Street North in Haines City and observed a suspect matching Morales’ description entering into a home with a woman. Detectives made contact with the man and woman, and positively identified Morales. He was taken into custody without incident.
Detectives booked Morales into the Polk County Jail on the Power County (ID) warrant, where he will await extradition back to Idaho. Detectives also determined Morales is not a U.S. citizen and is in the country illegally; the U.S. Marshals Service in Idaho plans to hold Morales for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.