Arizona Fugitive in Child Molestation Case Caught in Iowa

Silent Witness program helps capture Cottonwood fugitive in Iowa who has been on the run, charged with two counts of child molestation.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that Austin Fiser, 26, resident from Cottonwood, allegedly engaged in sexual activity with an 11-year-old girl and a 9-year-old girl in Rimrock in October 2018.

Fiser had additional charges of indecent exposure, assault and voyeurism in 2019 for exposing himself and attempted assault of a female victim he stalked to a isolated area on the Boynton Canyon Trail in Sedona. After the victim got away, her boyfriend confronted Fiser, who was armed and threatened the couple.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office arrested Fiser in January 2020. However, he failed to show up to a January 2022 court date.

Felony warrants were issued for his arrest in February. Authorities had information Fiser had returned to his birth state of Iowa.|

With the assistance of local law enforcement and the U.S. Marshal’s Office, Fiser was found and taken into custody in Pella, Iowa. He will be extradited back to Yavapai County.

“The quick work of our detectives in identifying the likely whereabouts of the suspect, and the cooperation of Pella Police Department and the U.S. Marshal’s Office, has allowed for this dangerous felon to be brought to justice for his serious crimes,” Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes said in the release.

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