Missing Illinois Teen Refugee Found and Arrested in New York City


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Urbana, IL – A missing Illinois teen refugee, last seen in Urbana, has been located and subsequently arrested in New York City. Fourteen-year-old Tiago Zumarraga-Mosquera, originally reported missing on April 21, was apprehended by NYPD on charges stemming from an alleged incident in the Queens borough.

According to Urbana Police, Tiago had briefly communicated with his mother via Facebook Messenger after his disappearance, stating he was in the Urbana-Champaign area but refused to return home. The circumstances of his travel to New York are still under investigation. Urbana PD has deferred all inquiries regarding the arrest to NYPD, emphasizing their non-involvement in the criminal investigation of another jurisdiction.

Authorities encourage anyone with information about this case to contact the Urbana Police at 217-384-2320 or to submit anonymous tips through Crime Stoppers at 217-373-TIPS, where rewards are offered for information leading to arrests in major cases.


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