Tempe fugitive arrested in Miami after 11 years on the run

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by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Steve Ryan

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 1 at 11:37 AM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe police detectives and U.S. marshals tracked down and arrested a convicted rapist who has been on the run for more than a decade.

Antonio Sanchez has been in hiding since 2002 when he was convicted of two counts of sexual assault and two counts of kidnapping.

Police said Sanchez and his cousin, Mazen Diamond, used a date-rape drug to spike a woman's drink at a Tempe bar and then videotaped themselves sexually assaulting her on March 18, 2001. They drugged and assaulted another victim five days later.

They pleaded guilty to both assaults but failed to appear for sentencing.

In 2011, a Tempe detective assigned to the department's fugitive apprehension squad began looking through old cases and found the arrest warrants for Sanchez and Diamond, according to Sgt. Michael Pooley.

Detectives began working jointly with the U.S. Marshals Service and were able to locate several possible locations Sanchez was hiding. They found Sanchez in Miami and arrested him on Wednesday.

Authorities said he was using the alias of Antonio Anderson Erin Pina.

Diamond is still in hiding.

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