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Arkansas arrests cap national manhunt for Aloha family

Father, stepmother wanted on kidnapping, child assault charges

Michael and Terry Maez of Aloha, two fugitives who have been wanted in Washington County for nearly a year on kidnapping and child abuse charges, have been arrested in Waldron, Ark.

The capture capped an 11-month nationwide manhunt.

Waldron is a tiny town about 50 miles southeast of Fort Smith, Ark., two dozen miles east of the Oklahoma border.

The Maezes fled Washington County last fall after their 15-year-old daughter ran to an Aloha convenience store and said she had been kidnapped and assaulted. In the past 11 months, they had been spotted in Central and Eastern Oregon.

Washington County authorities claimed the girl was locked in a trailer after Michael Maez assaulted her.

Arrest warrants were issued for both parents and protective custody warrants were issued for their two small children.

On Sept. 6, 2005, the young girl ran into a Subway restaurant at 17755 S.W. Tualatin Valley Highway and said she had been assaulted. At the time, the girl was unwilling to say that her father and stepmother had been abusive toward her and had gone so far as to lock her in a trailer and withhold medical treatment.

The girl claimed that her father, Michael Maez, had attacked her with a sledgehammer that day, but she managed to escape.

During their investigation, detectives became concerned for the safety of the girl's siblings, a 13-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy.

The story received national media attention and the U.S. Marshals Service helped track the suspects. The trail had gone cold until Michael Maez was arrested in Arkansas on unrelated charges. Terry Maez was also arrested a short time later. Both are being held in Arkansas.

An extradition request will be sent to authorities in Arkansas this week.