Aurora men accused of assaulting runaways

  • Artuto Sandavol

    Artuto Sandavol

  • Misael Contreras

    Misael Contreras

  • Ivan Flores

    Ivan Flores

  • Jose Hernandez

    Jose Hernandez

Published: 12/8/2009 2:22 PM | Updated: 12/8/2009 4:45 PM

Aurora police are searching for four men who have been charged with multiple offenses connected to the alleged harboring of and sexual crimes committed against two female juvenile runaways earlier this year.

The suspects, Arturo Sandoval, 29; Ivan Flores, 28; Misael Contreras, 31; and Jose Hernandez, 34; all used to live at 337 Grant Place where the alleged offenses occurred.

Aurora police have been searching for them since Nov. 30 when the charges were authorized by the Kane County State's Attorney.

Sandoval is charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, four counts of harboring a runaway, and a single count of tattooing the body of a minor; Flores and Contreras each are charged with single counts of criminal sexual assault; and Hernandez has been charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

According to court documents, the suspects are accused of sexually abusing or assaulting two 15-year-old runaway girls, who were wards of the state, between March 5 and April 12.

City spokesman Dan Ferrelli said detectives have been working on the case since the alleged offenses were reported in April but, he said, it appears neither victim was held against her will. The victims, both wards of the state, are believed to have known at least one of the four men before moving in with them.

All of the suspects are Hispanic males with black hair and brown eyes. Police said Sandoval and Hernandez are each five feet 10 inches tall and weigh 170 pounds. Contreras is 5 feet nine inches tall and 165 pounds. Flores is 5 feet tall and weighs 220 pounds.

Police said three of the men are also known by nicknames. Hernandez's nickname is "Jay," Contreras is also known as "Misa," and Flores' nickname is "Panda."

Ferrelli said both victims have been safely recovered and returned to the custody of the state.

Anyone with information on the suspects is asked to call Aurora police investigators at (630) 801-6655 or Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at (630) 892-1000. Callers to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and qualify for a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to any arrests.