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Fugitive caught by U.S. marshals in Arlington

ARLINGTON -- A fugitive wanted on charges of sexually assaulting a child was captured Wednesday night in Arlington, more than six months after he was scheduled to stand trial for the charges.

Dusty Gus Hernandez was one of Texas’ 10 Most Wanted Fugitives. U.S. Marshals surrounded the residence where Hernandez was staying, knocked on the door and the homeowner led them straight to the suspect's room, said Phil Maxwell, a Midland U.S. Marshal division supervisor.

"He was asleep," Maxwell said. "It was not a very pleasant way for him to wake up, but he wasn't very much trouble."

Hernandez, who is being held in the Tarrant County Jail, will be taken to Midland County to face two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, one count of indecency with a child and new indictments on 18 counts of child pornography.

The Marshal's office said it intensified its manhunt after learning Hernandez may have been associated with a traditional, professional Mexican dance organization in Dallas that involved children.

Hernandez was scheduled to be highlighted on the Fox television network's "America's Most Wanted" prior to his arrest, U.S. Marshals said.

The original allegations against Hernandez stem from encounters with one child under 14 that took place in 2006, said Tim Flathers, Midland assistant district attorney. The additional 18 counts of child pornography were allegations that surfaced prior to trial, Flathers said.

"He took off the day of the trial," Flathers said.