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Homeless shelter child-molest case fugitive found in Jamaica

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Posted: Monday, December 2, 2019 4:31 pm

The resident of the homeless shelter in Ozone Park who skipped bail on charges of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old chid in a Jamaica Avenue laundromat has been arrested, police said Monday.

Luis Olivo, 63, was arrested Sunday in Jamaica, officials said. 

Olivo was free on $2,000 bail on charges of endangering the welfare of a child after he was caught on video Oct. 19 allegedly grabbing a young boy and pushing him under a table where he was sitting at a laundromat in Woodhaven.

The suspect failed to appear at a scheduled court appearance Nov. 8 and has been a fugitive since.

Olivo was arrested at the shelter in late October by detectives from the Queens Special Victims Unit.  

Few details of his latest arrest were immediately available and, from online databases, it appeared Olivo was still awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court late Monday.

The case has been at the center of a simmering dispute between civic organizations who opposed the opening of a men's homeless shelter on 101st Avenue earlier this year and its operators.

Community groups that been assured the residents of the 117-bed shelter were carefully screened for sexual offenses and mental health problems are angry over the arrest.



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