A Buffalo native who fled Austin, Texas, about a month ago after learning he was facing child sexual assault charges was taken into custody Tuesday night at the University at Buffalo South Campus transit station by members of the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force.
Robert McLarney, 25, who is accused of having sexual contact with a 13-year-old former Buffalo girl, was taken into custody about 7 p.m. at the University Rapid Transit Station.
Dan Larish, superintendent of the task force, and criminal investigator Chris Snack told The Buffalo News that local marshals were tipped off by a U.S. Marshal’s Office in Texas that McLarney may have returned to Western New York. McLarney was taken without resistance, was being held in the Erie County Holding Center overnight and is expected to be arraigned this morning.
McLarney first got to know the teen he is accused of sexually assaulting in Buffalo. He became friends with the girl and her mother, and followed them to Austin, the local marshals said. He was sexually active with the girl, now 14, in Texas for some time before he fled Austin about a month ago, Larish and Snack said.