04 November 2009
The News Virginian

STAUNTON — Nobody caught Jose Orlando Romero-Feliciano easily. Tracking him meant a chase to the south of the country, down into the twin cities of Louisiana, next to the bank of the Ouachita River.

Romero-Feliciano, 31, spent five months on the run. But a person can’t stay lost forever and the city of West Monroe, La., washed him out like a sieve, right into the arms of the federal authorities assigned to find him.

The Staunton man appeared before a Staunton Circuit Court judge Tuesday, pleading guilt, finally, to a child-sodomy crime.

Staunton authorities first sought Romero-Feliciano in February on charges he violated his probation and forced an 8-year-old girl to perform oral sex on him. But the man fled the state shortly after, sparking a manhunt that eventually included U.S. Marshals in Harrisonburg and Charlottesville, and the Fugitive Apprehension Strike Force led by the U.S. Marshals Service of Western Louisiana.

Staunton Police Investigator Chad Nestor worked the case from the front stoop of Romero-Feliciano’s Staunton home all the way to the end, when he spent more than 14 hours in a car with the man, delivering him back to Virginia.

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