REDMOND, OR — An international manhunt has landed a Redmond sex abuse suspect back at the Deschutes County Jail. Ezekiel Sandoval was initially arrested in 2015, shortly after allegations surfaced that he had sexual contact with an underaged girl. He cut off his ankle monitor in October 2017, just before his trial was set to begin. “Since that time, we’ve been working with the U.S. Marshal’s Office, trying to locate Mr. Sandoval in Mexico,” Redmond Police Lt. Curtis Chambers tells KBND News, “But then he flew to Canada in October of 2018.” He adds, “We received information from the Canadian Border Services Agency that Mr. Sandoval was in custody for immigration violations in Canada.” According to Lt. Chambers, Sandoval used a false name to get into Canada. “He was initially granted entry but through additional investigation by the Canadian Border Services Agency, they recognized this person was not who [they] thought he was. And further investigation on their part led to his actual identity.” They also discovered his wanted status in Oregon.
Canadian authorities took Sandoval into custody, last October, pending an extradition hearing, which was scheduled for May. Initially, the 45-year-old fought extradition. But Chambers says the man dropped his objections late last month. He was brought back to Oregon through a joint effort between the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office and the U.S Marshal’s Office.
Sandoval, who was not in the country legally when he was arrested in 2015, is now being held without bond at the Deschutes County Jail. He’s charged with two counts of First Degree Sex Abuse, one count First Degree Sexual Penetration, and Failure to Appear. He’s due in court Friday.