WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY (lohud.com) – A dogged detective tracked down a Guatemalan native who was wanted for allegedly sexually abusing a Katonah teenager four years ago.
Fidel Angel Cardona was booked in the Westchester County jail on Thursday for allegedly burglarizing the home of a woman he knew and abusing her sleeping 16-year-old daughter on Dec. 6, 2012.
Cardona, 30, evaded authorities until detectives tracked him to South Carolina, where he was arrested on Jan. 27.
A grand jury indicted Cardona on March 17, and he is scheduled to be arraigned in Westchester County Court today on a felony charge of second-degree burglary, as well as misdemeanor charges of third-degree sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a child, and second-degree criminal contempt.
Cardona could also face deportation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement filed a detainer request for him, according to jail records.
Bedford police had been on Cardona’s trail since that night in 2012 when he allegedly committed the sex crime. The girl woke up and he fled, police said.
An arrest warrant was issued for him on Jan. 23, 2013, police said.
Late last year Detective Joe Comunale, with the help of the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office’s Intelligence Center, was able to use social media to track Cardona, initially to Virginia. Comunale then worked with the Westchester County Police Fugitive Task Force and the U.S. Marshals Service to apprehend Cardona in South Carolina.
“This case, I felt very bad for the girl that was involved,” Comunale said. “She was a 16-year-old girl. It was very emotional for her, so we wanted to get some closure for her.”