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Adult Male Recording Juvenile in the Restrooms....


Major David Harper of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday August 2, 2019 at 2:16 p.m.,
Deputy David Myers was dispatched to the westbound rest area of Interstate 10 located in eastern Madison
County regarding a complaint of an adult male video recording a juvenile male in the men’s bathroom. Upon
arrival, Deputy Myers contacted the complainant who stated that her son was in a private stall within the
bathroom when a man reached under the closed stall with a cell phone in his hand. The complainant further
stated that she confronted the man as he exited the bathroom, however, the man ran to a vehicle and rapidly
departed the rest area. The complainant was able to provide an excellent description of the man and the vehicle
including the vehicle tag number. Multiple deputies responded to the interstate and began searching for the
suspect vehicle. Lieutenant Doug Haskell was checking the Mobil Station located at exit 251 and State Road 14
and observed a vehicle matching the description parked behind the building. As Lieutenant Haskell drove closer
the vehicle began to drive toward the parking lot exit, however, Lieutenant Haskell was able to confirm that it
was the suspect vehicle by the matching tag number that was provided earlier in the investigation. The suspect
exited the parking lot turning north on SR 14 toward Madison. Lieutenant Haskell stopped the vehicle at the
intersection of CR 360A and contacted the driver (identified as Gustavo Maldonado of Alabama). Maldonado
was the sole occupant of the vehicle and appeared extremely nervous while being questioned. Maldonado
admitted to being at the rest area previously but denied videoing anyone. Maldonado offered his cellphone to
Lieutenant Haskell and gave permission to search the phone. Lieutenant Haskell located video evidence
confirming the complaint. Lieutenant Haskell placed Maldonado under arrest and transported him to the
Madison County Jail where he provided a post Miranda confession to the accusations made against him.
Maldonado was booked with a $50,000 bond but has since been released.
“I credit this arrest to the accurate description of the suspect and his vehicle provided by the victim’s mother
along with the immediate response by our deputies. Within just minutes every available deputy including
investigators saturated the Interstate and exits with accurate knowledge of what the suspect looked like, the
clothing he was wearing and the vehicle he was driving including the tag number attached. Without this
information this suspect could have escaped our jurisdiction unnoticed.” Major David Harper
Gustavo Alberto Arias Maldonado
Birmingham, AL 35205
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