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Fugitive wanted with connections to smuggling, sex trafficking apprehended at Dothan hospital

Fugitive wanted with connections to smuggling, sex trafficking apprehended at Dothan hospital


Dothan police apprehended a man wanted in Jackson County, Florida, Monday at Southeast Health.

Domingo Hamilton Fernando, 22, of Marianna, was arrested on an outstanding fugitive from justice warrant.

According to police, the department was notified by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office to arrest Fernando following his release Monday from the hospital.

Fernando was confronted Wednesday by Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies about a burglary in the Dogwood Heights community, when he led officers on a high-speed chase, before losing control of the vehicle and crashing. Following the crash a 17-year-old girl crawled out of the car, a 2-year-old child was found in the backseat, and a toddler was found after they were thrown from the car and into the grass nearby.

It was determined the children were related to Fernando. All three children were unharmed, but transported to a hospital to be evaluated.

Officers were unaware of the children’s presence before the chase began.

Fernando received trauma injuries to the head and facial area as a result of the crash and was Life-Flighted to Southeast Health.

According to Jackson County Sheriff Lou Roberts, Fernando was identified through the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be in the United States illegally. Agents have referred to Fernando as being suspected in human trafficking and smuggling into the United States.

Fernando is being held in the Houston County Jail without bond awaiting extradition to Jackson County.

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