Tucson fugitive captured in Mexico after 15 years on the run

Tucson fugitive captured in Mexico after 15 years on the run
Norman Burt Beverly, photo from 2001. (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)
Norman Burt Beverly, photo from 2001. (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A 60-year-old man accused of molesting two Tucson children has been arrested in Mexico and is being brought back to Arizona to face charges, authorities said.

The U.S. Marshals Service said Norman Burt Beverly was arrested Dec. 8 in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, which is near Mexico City.

Beverly was flown to Los Angeles, where U.S. Marshals took him into custody. He was booked into the Los Angeles County Jail and will be extradited to Tucson to face charges.

Beverly has been accused of molesting two children, both under 15 years old, in Tucson from October 1999 to April 2000.

He was arrested and formally charged March 2001 but he disappeared after failing to appear for a court date.

In June 2014, the U.S. Marshals discovered Beverly had fled to Mexico and began working with law enforcement officials there.

In early 2015, authorities received a tip through 88-CRIME that Beverly was living in Morelos, Mexico. U.S. Marshals provided this information to law enforcement in Mexico who then located Beverly's residence in Cuernavaca.

"The information provided by the tipster through 88-CRIME was crucial in locating and arresting this sexual predator," said U.S. Marshal David Gonzales of the District of Arizona. "Norman Beverly will no longer be able to prey on defenseless victims again. It is my hope his arrest will provide the victims in this case some closure and aid in their healing process."

"This is a great example of how valuable 88-CRIME is to our community,"  Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall said.  "Because it was the result of a specific 88-CRIME tip that allowed us to find out exactly where in Mexico he was hiding."

As for the victims, LaWall said news of the arrest is likely bittersweet.

"These are young adults now, whose wounds are going to be re-opened," she said.

"They were under 12 years old at the time the offense occurred," LaWall said. "So he (Beverly) is facing life imprisonment with no possibility of parole until 35 years have been served, definitely some very serious charges."

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