Rapid ID Catches Jacksonville Sexual Battery Fugitive

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Early Wednesday morning, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) deputies apprehended a Jacksonville fugitive after identifying him through Rapid ID technology at the intersection of Matanzas Woods and Lakeview Parkway in Palm Coast.

During a traffic stop, Deputy Harrison made contact with the driver who told him he did not possess a driver’s license. Lauro Perez Perez was then arrested for Driving Without a Driver’s License. Deputy Harrison continued to speak with the passengers using FCSO’s Language Line Spanish translators in an attempt to identify a licensed driver. The right front passenger provided multiple false names and dates of birth to Deputy First Class Finn. The two deputies then used FCSO’s Rapid ID technology to positively identify the male in question as Arbey Bartolon-Valazquez, who was a fugitive from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office for Sexual Battery and Burglary. Bartolon-Valazquez was placed under arrest for Providing a False Name to Law Enforcement Officers and for his active warrant.

Bartolon-Valazquez is being held on a more than $500,000 bond for both charges, while Perez Perez was arrested and later released.  

“This wasn’t the first time a dirt bag tried to evade justice by using a fake name and it won’t be the last,” said Sheriff Rick Staly. “But with Rapid ID technology, we can see through the lies, and now we have another captured fugitive bunking down at the Green Roof Inn. I commend the Deputies involved for using our technology and being tenacious in their investigation.”

A Rapid ID system is a mobile device that scans a person’s fingerprint, routes it through the state and national Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and within seconds provides the person’s identity and any criminal history directly to the deputy in the field.

To view video of the arrests, click here: http://tinyurl.com/2yrkh8ch

By Krys DeWind

Krys DeWind has been a Flagler County resident since 2016. She is active in her community and is always looking for ways to better it. She has a community first attitude which is one of the central founding ideals of the Flagler County Buzz.

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