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Video: Barreto Search Focuses On a California Neighborhood

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By PATSY R. BRUMFIELD/Daily Journal

MAYWOOD, California – U.S. Marshal Chris Felix says he’s in a largely Hispanic neighborhood today looking for a Union County couple on the lam since May 2009.  Other news reports today confirmed a door-to-door search for Janet and Ramon Barreto, indicted in Union County on charges related to the 2008 death of their 2-year-old adopted daughter, Enna.

“We’ve been here since yesterday,” Felix said, referring to Monday, in a phone conversation with the Daily Journal.

Ben Creekmore, district attorney for the Third District, which includes Union County and New Albany, said today he hadn’t gotten any new information about the hunt but described as “huge” Janet Barreto’s recent addition to the U.S. Marshals Top 15 list of wanted fugitives.  The listing also offers a $25,000 reward for information leading to her incarceration.  The reward, Creekmore noted, was expected to bring tips about them to law enforcement. The couple was arrested in Union County in May 2008, but disappeared after making bond a year later.  The Barretos were believed to be living in California, but have ties to Mississippi, Florida, Texas, and Mexico.  Authorities said the couple is known to sell small dogs through Internet ads and on the street and that they are known to sell DVDs and CDs  out of a van.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the U. S. Marshals office at (800) 336-0102.