SANTA CLARA >> After a combined seven years on the run, a 34-year-old man has been arrested and extradited to Santa Clara County to face child molestation charges, police said.
Daniel Thomas was first arrested in 2015. During criminal proceedings, he was released from custody and failed to appear in court, the Santa Clara Police Department said in a statement. A warrant was then issued for his arrest.
Thomas was found five years later in Plumas County. At the time, Thomas allegedly provided several aliases to avoid detection, but sheriff’s deputies there identified and arrested him.
Santa Clara police detectives brought Thomas back to Santa Clara County, where he was again released from custody. As a condition of his release, he was ordered to wear an ankle monitor, but he cut the device off and fled the county, police said.
Thomas allegedly concealed his identity and whereabouts, but detectives determined he was likely in Shasta County. On Sept. 14, Santa Clara police — with the help of the Redding Police Department, Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Plumas County Sheriff’s Office and members of the local community — arrested him without incident in Shingletown.
Police said Thomas was extradited to Santa Clara County, where he was booked into jail on no-bail warrants for 20 counts of lewd acts with minors under the age of 14 by means of force, violence, duress, menace or fear and failure to appear in court.