Baltazar Gabriel Delgado Ros: U.S. Marshals recount extradition of rape suspect

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Nothing about a day in the life of a US Marshal is routine.

But things became especially interesting for a team of South Florida U.S. Marshals when they flew to Guatemala to extradite a suspect police say is a violent and dangerous rapist.

"He is definitely one of the most dangerous I've ever seen. The brutality of the crime, the number of victims, and the brazen nature," U.S. Marshal Charlie Feehely said.

Feehely is talking about Baltazar Gabriel Delgado Ros.

Feehely  has spent years tracking him down and trying to extradite him back to the United States after the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office identified him as a suspect in five violent sexual assaults from Lake Worth to Jupiter.

The assaults started in 2009 and ended in 2011.

"He was in a town that was located several hours from Guatemala City. There was a great deal of tracking we had to do outside of Guatemala City and as soon as you get close to those small villages it gets tricky," Feehely said.

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Feehely and four other marshals flew to Guatemala to work out the extradition.

After just over twenty four hours, they had their suspect on the plane.

"I think the big relief is once you are out international airspace and then of course once you get into US airspace we can officially place him into custody," Feehely said.

U.S. Marshals along with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and Jupiter police have spent years tracking leads.

DNA eventually linked Ros to the sexual assaults.

"There were times we thought we had very viable suspects, and then things wouldn't work out. We would hang our head down for a moment, but then get back up and go back to work," Feehely said.

Investigators never gave up -- constantly thinking of the victims.

"To have a guy that high profile and that high threat and that dangerous...it is relieving to get back home," U.S. Marshal Danlee Cata said.

Some of the women victims were left permanently disfigured by the alleged attacker.

"If we as law enforcement stay persistent, and in the Marshals Service that is really our motto, then persistence always wins at the end of the day," Feehely said.

According to Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, Ros could face up to ten life sentences for the crimes.

Investigators say he was in the United States illegally when he committed the crimes.

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