SHIP BOTTOM - The Ship Bottom Police Department announced today that Lester Antonio Matamoros Garcia was arrested on September 7 in Springfield, Virginia by the Fairfax County Police Department.

HIs arrest was a result from an investigation conducted by the Ship Bottom Police Department and the Ocean County Prosecutors Office Sex Crimes Unit.

On September 2, 2019, a report was made to Patrolman Brian Tretola of the Ship Bottom Police Department by an adult female that her juvenile daughter had been sexually assaulted by a family member which allegedly occurred within the borough of Ship Bottom.

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Mr. Garcia had fled the area and all efforts to locate him in the Ocean County area proved negative. It was then learned that Mr. Garcia was in the Springfield, VA area.

Mr. Garcia was later located, taken into custody and interviewed where he stated that he had fled New Jersey because he knew the police were looking for him.

Mr. Garcia was charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Mr. Garcia is awaiting extradition back to New Jersey.  The public is reminded that all suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

Thank you to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office and the Fairfax County Police Department for their assistance in this case.