Wesley Thomason had been in police custody a dozen years ago. In fact, behind bars where he is right now. But soon after the jail cell door opened to let him free until his next court date, Thomason disappeared without a trace.
He lived on Bond Court in the Hayfield section of Fairfax County in a house still owned by his mother. The then 27-year-old Thomason was arrested in November 2000 and charged with sex crimes involving underage girls.
"12 years ago, this man was accused of enticing underage girls with illegal drugs to have consensual sex with him, and unbeknownst to the girls, he was videotaping all of this activity," Fairfax County Police Officer Bud Walker explains.
Thomason was jailed without bond at the county's adult detention center, but was later released pending trial and fled the country.
"Earlier this year, the United States Marshals Service developed some type of information about where he was living in Mexico, provided that to Mexican law enforcement, and it was the Mexican authorities that finally captured him," says Officer Walker.
Now 39 years old, Thomason is back in jail in Fairfax County.
Police were left wondering a few things about his time in the Mexican resort community of Lake Chapala, south of Guadalajara.
Officer Walker says investigators want to know more about what Thomason was doing when he was living at home all those years ago.
"The detectives on this case are very concerned that there are other victims out there," Officer Walker says. "If there are other victims, we would welcome them coming forward."
Thomason was flown from Guadalajara to Los Angeles last month where days later he was met by Fairfax County detectives and brought back to northern Virginia.
So far, he is not facing additional charges for being a fugitive for the past 12 years.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org/ or text "TIP187" plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.