TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The identity of the alleged child predator, known as "John Doe," has been released after his first appearance in federal court on Thursday.
Salinas Police Department HSI special agents and investigators took David J. Stevens, 58, into custody on May 15 following a call to the ICE tip line that ended the nationwide manhunt, according to a news release.
"When the HSI special agents investigating this case ran out of leads, we turned to the media and the general public for help," ICE Director John Morton said. "A day later, a tip from the public has led to the capture of an alleged predator and more importantly, the rescue of a child. I applaud our investigators, the media and the brave individual who provided critical information. Without the public's help we would not have solved this case."
Stevens appeared before a federal magistrate in San Jose, where the case will be prosecuted, according to the release.
"Thanks to a longstanding relationship between the Salinas Police Department and HSI, strengthened by HSI's presence at the Law Enforcement Operations Center in Salinas, both agencies worked together closely to ensure the suspect was captured quickly and vital evidence of his crimes was recovered," Salinas Police Chief Kelly McMillin said. "The Salinas Police Department is grateful to HSI and all our federal partners for their ongoing commitment to the safety and security of the people of Salinas and Monterey County."
Investigators obtained a search warrant for Stevens' Salinas residence following his arrest. They seized additional case-related evidence and HIS special agents suspect there are additional victims based on interviews with witnesses, according to the release.
Anyone with further information is urged to call the ICE tip line at (866)347-2423 or the Salinas Police Department's Investigations Division at (831)758-7226.