The U.S. Marshals Service in Phoenix announced late Thursday that it had tracked down two convicted child molesters after they fled from Mesa to Mexico, according to authorities.
Law enforcement officials said that Donald Temple, 25, and Matthew Ellsworth, 27, fled in August 2009 from the East Valley Men’s Shelter in Mesa, where they were required to reside, breaching terms of their probation.
“This facility is a transitional living center comprised partially of offenders on probation,” according to authorities. The men fled with Randy Brown and Manual Dominguez, and all four men are on lifetime Maricopa County probation after their convictions in separate offenses for child molestation, according to authorities.
The U.S. Marshals said the victims ranged in age from 4 to 11 years old, according to authorities.
The following took place in tracking down the fugitives, according to authorities:
On Tuesday, Temple and Ellsworth were located and taken into custody at a residence in Chihuahua, Mexico. On Thursday, Temple and Ellsworth, both U.S. citizens, were deported to the United States through the point of entry in El Paso, Texas.
Brown and Dominguez are still at large, according to authorities.