June 13th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Harold Eugene Smith, who was wanted by the FBI for the rape of a 13-year-old family member on multiple occasions, apparently entered Costa Rica more than a dozen times prior to his arrest in Puntarenas on June 2nd. Smith was arrested during a routine operation by Immigration Police, who found his tourist visa had expired.
The information was revealed by the Spanish-language news site, CRHoy.com, who were able to obtain Smith’s immigration records.
Smith was apparently able to hide out in Costa Rica using his real identity for 18 months, until he was arrested by chance on June 2nd by immigration police who noticed his tourist visa had expired. Smith was in custody for two days before authorities realized he was wanted by U.S. authorities.
Smith had been on the run from authorities in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania since posting bail on January 10th, 2011 while awaiting trial. His first arrival in Costa Rica was on February 2nd, 2011, according to immigration records.
Since then, he has apparently flew in and out of Costa Rica some 13 times using his real identity without being detected by authorities.
According to the Director of Immigration, an INTERPOL alert was never issued for Smith, even though he had an arrest warrant and was being searched for by the FBI.
Smith may have visited several popular tourist destinations during his time in Costa Rica, including the beaches of Guanacaste and Puntarenas, according to the report by CRHoy.
Smith is wanted on charges of rape, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, incest and corruption of a minor. Authorities say that Smith routinely raped a young female family member who was 12 or 13 years old.
Authorities say Smith could be deported back to the United States in the coming weeks.