Ballston Spa man arrested after skipping court date for rape charge, police say

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Jose R Zapata-Cruz mugshot

Jose R Zapata-Cruz mugshot. (Warren County Sheriff’s Office)

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Warren County Sheriff’s Office says officers arrested Jose Roberto Zapata-Cruz, 35, of Ballston Spa on Monday, acting on a 3-year-old bench warrant issued after he failed to appear for judicial proceedings.

Original proceedings would have addressed a rape charge.

Police say Zapata-Cruz, then of Schenectady, was arrested on June 7, 2017 during a joint undercover operation between the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, and State Police. During the investigation, Zapata-Cruz arrived at an agreed-upon Queensbury location to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.

The agencies were targeting individuals who utilize social media to have sex with minors. The Sheriff’s Office describes it as a sexual exploitation of a minor incident.

Police arrested Zapata-Cruz for second-degree attempted rape, posted bail, was released, and then never returned to court.

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