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Local fugitive nabbed after 10 years on the run

Scott Seitz2 • Mar 6, 2014 at 1:07 PM

A former Willard man was extradited from the state of Washington after an investigation by the Huron County Sheriff's Office.

Mourice Hernandez, 34, was in custody Tuesday at the jail after being on the run for 10 years.

Through research conducted by Amy Cawrse, civil employee at the sheriff's office who monitors the sexual offenders registration, it was determined Hernandez was living in Vancouver, Wash.

"We contacted the U.S. Marshal's office and they contacted their assets in the state of Washington and arrested Hernandez," Sheriff Dane Howard said.

The warrants on Hernandez were for failure to register as a sex offender and probation violation. The original conviction was for attempted gross sexual imposition with a juvenile.

The case dated back to April 27, 2004.

Howard said Hernandez reportedly indicated when arrested he had "expected this day to come for 10 years."

The HCSO contracted with an extradition company to have Hernandez transported back to Huron County. There is a grant program available where the HCSO can have the cost of the transport reimbursed through the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

"Through the work and research Mrs. Cawrse did, we were able to locate Mr. Hernandez and have him extradited," Howard said.

The HCSO research was benefited by Hernandez's unusual spelling of his first name, "Mourice," making him easier to locate in the database.

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