FARGO — A Minnesota fugitive and convicted sex offender was arrested while officers served a drug-related search warrant at a home near a Fargo elementary school Friday morning, Nov. 15.
Narcotics investigators and the Red River Valley SWAT team entered a house at 924 Fifth St. S. near Hawthorne Elementary School as part of an ongoing drug investigation, according to a news release from the Fargo Police Department. After SWAT entered and detained people inside the house, investigators completed the search and conducted interviews.
Among them was 37-year-old Jamie Urrabazo, of Moorhead, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2004 for having sex with a girl under the age of 16 and getting her pregnant. He was required to register as a sex offender, The Forum reported.
In February 2019, he was convicted of failing to register as a predatory sex offender, a felony, Minnesota court records show.
Urrabazo was arrested on an open arrest warrant during the search, according to police. He was being held in Cass County Jail Friday night on a fugitive from justice charge. Jail staff said he had a Department of Corrections warrant out of Minnesota.
Fargo police said they used a SWAT team because occupants of the house posed a risk to officers, though they did not say what the risks were. Police provided examples of when the SWAT team is used, including suspects having violent criminal histories, possible weapons in the home and suspects having gang affiliations.