A 20-year-old man wanted in Arizona on multiple sexual misconduct charges against a family member has been arrested in Colonial Beach.
Westmoreland County Sheriff C.O. Balderson said that a community member alerted his office that someone living on Azure Drive may be wanted by authorities. Balderson said when his deputy arrived at the residence around lunchtime on July 17, he confirmed that Andrew Kelly Hayes was living at that address and that there was a warrant for his arrest issued by the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County.
Hayes is wanted in Arizona on four counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and two counts of sexual abuse. Balderson said all six charges are felonies and that the information provided to his office indicate the charges range in dates between Jan. 1, 2011 and June 30, 2011.
“He was wanted for over a year,” Balderson said.
Mike Youlen, who works with Apollo Investigations Inc., said his company was involved in the search for Hayes and said the crimes involved a family member.
“In late April of 2012 we were contacted by the victim’s family… in anticipation of a true bill grand jury indictment involving the alleged sexual assault committed by Andrew Hayes…” Youlen wrote in an email. “The suspect at that time fled the state of [Arizona] and was believed to be somewhere in Northern Virginia or Washington, D.C.”
Youlen said the indictment was handed down by the grand jury in May, and during the course of his search for Hayes, discovered the man was residing with his natural grandparents in Colonial Beach.
The web site, Wish Upon a Hero, a social networking site that allows users to request donations for assistance for everything from legal fees to medical procedures, had a listing regarding the search for Hayes.
The wish entitled “***PLEASE HELP BRING MY DAUGHTER’S SEXUAL OFFENDER TO JUSTICE!!!!” had a post from user aimeejoy1, whom Youlen confirmed as Aimee Roberson, stating that Hayes is the stepbrother of the victim, her daughter.
“My daughter was victimized at our famil[y’s] weakest moment…” the post stated. “He preyed upon us, used, manipulated, conditioned, and ultimately threatened his own step sister…”
The posting also revealed that the victim was 11 and 12 years old when the assaults allegedly took place.
Balderson said when the deputy made contact with Hayes and determined he was the individual wanted in Arizona, Hayes was arrested without incident. Hayes was taken to Northern Neck Regional jail.
He appeared in the county’s juvenile and family relations court on July 18 for an extradition hearing. Balderson said Hayes did not waive extradition, meaning he is not going to voluntarily return to Arizona to face the charges.
Westmoreland County Commonwealth’s Attorney Julia Sichol said since Hayes didn’t waive extradition, the prosecutor in Arizona where the charges originated will have to obtain a governor’s warrant. This warrant will allow Arizona authorities to come to Virginia and take Hayes back to Arizona whether he wants to go or not.
Balderson said he was pleased with the public’s assistance in this case.
“This is a prime example of the public and law enforcement working together in a collective effort to apprehend and remove a wanted individual from our community,” Balderson said. “I really thank the public for providing the information that led to Hayes’ arrest.”