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Most Wanted: Man charged with child rape remains on run

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Local,DC,Crime,Scott McCabe

U.S. marshals are looking for a 28-year-old man accused of raping a young girl, and they are asking the public for information that could lead to an arrest.

Erick Romero-Gomez disappeared in 2009 after he failed to appear in D.C. Superior Court to answer a charge of first-degree child sex assault. Romero, who is also known as Gambito and Gomez-Romero, is also wanted in Prince George's County for failing to appear in court to answer prostitution and theft charges in 2008.

Matt Burke, supervisory inspector of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, said marshals won't stop looking for Romero until he's returned to custody.

"This is an old case but one we take very seriously," Burke said. "If you are charged with a crime and are running and hiding, you should never feel comfortable that law enforcement has forgotten about you."

Romero is listed as 5-foot-3 and 165 pounds. He has a large distinctive scar on his right forearm from a knife wound and a tattoo on his right arm that says "Elizabeth."

Romero has lived in Northwest Washington and Mount Rainier in Prince George's County and still has family and friends in those areas. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force at 301-489-1717.

Since the Most Wanted feature began in 2008, The Washington Examiner has been credited with the arrest of at least 46 fugitives, including convicted murders, kidnappers, sex offenders, drug dealers and con artists.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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