Police arrest child rapist who fled Otero County court

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A child rapist who ran off in the middle of his own trial is now in custody. 

Antonio Gonzales was on trial in Otero County earlier this month when the court took a break for lunch and he never came back. 

The trial carried on anyway with the jury quickly finding Gonzales guilty of raping a 9-year-old family member. 

The District Attorney says just before Gonzales took off, the prosecution had presented especially strong evidence against him. 

Tuesday, the DA announced Gonzales had been arrested. He faces up to 78 years in prison when he’s sentenced. 

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