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FBI adds alleged serial rapist to Most Wanted list

Ruben Hernandez Martinez
Ruben Hernandez Martinez  

From Kelli Arena and Kevin Bohn

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- An accused serial rape suspect, Ruben Hernandez Martinez, has been added to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list.

Martinez allegedly committed a series of sexual assaults and home invasions in 1997 and 1998 while working as a construction worker in Nashville, Tennessee.

A county grand jury this week returned a new indictment charging Martinez with 26 counts of aggravated rape, four counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count of attempted rape.

The Nashville Police Department began pursuing Martinez in May 1998, and a month later the FBI's Nashville violent crimes task force joined the case.


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The FBI says Martinez is a resident alien from Mexico and has a valid green card and Social Security card. Officials say he may be working in the construction field as a painter, drywall installer or landscaper.

He is described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 7, weighing 145 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Investigators think he may have fled Nashville in the summer of 1998 for Texas or Mexico.

He may be going by the alias of Kuben Hernandez Martinez. A reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for information leading to his arrest.

Martinez is the 472nd person to be placed on the bureau's Most Wanted list.



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