Mexico’s Alexander Velazquez-Hernandez arrested, accused of raping University of Alabama students in 2008, 2009


Alexander Velazquez-Hernandez, 38, of Mexico has been arrested. On August 29, 2022, he was turned over to the custody of the United States Marshals Service (USMS), a bureau within the U.S. Department of Justice.

Velazquez-Hernandez was taken to the Tuscaloosa County Jail in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to await trial. He was deemed a flight risk so he is being held without bond.


In July 2008, Velazquez-Hernandez posed as a maintenance worker at an apartment complex in Tuscaloosa and sexually assaulted a female victim in her apartment. At the time, she was a student of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

On February 24, 2009, Velazquez-Hernandez pretended to be a maintenance worker and tried to gain entry into the same apartment. However, the female University of Alabama student living there refused entry and was unharmed.

Later that day, Velazquez-Hernandez entered an apartment of another female University of Alabama student and sexually assaulted her. He was identified as the suspect after a deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sample from one of the crime scenes was found to be a match.

However, Velazquez-Hernandez he eluded capture. He fled to Mexico where he is originally from.


On June 11, 2009, the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit obtained warrants for Velazquez-Hernandez’s arrest. He was charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree burglary and first-degree attempted burglary.

After 13 years, the Policía Federal of Mexico located and detained Velazquez-Hernandez in cooperation with American law enforcement agencies. Legal proceedings were held to grant his extradition to the U.S.

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