Fugitive sex offender arrested on the streets of Greenport


A 39-year-old Level 3 sex offender was arrested in Greenport this week for charges that he had failed to verify his latest address with the proper authorities, Southold Town Police said.

Felix Cruz Garcia, 39, —  who was wanted by county police and whose address is currently listed as the county social services trailer in Riverside — was observed walking on Third Street in Greenport on Monday night, town police said.

Southold police arrested him and transported to him Southold police headquarters, where he was processed and turned over to the Suffolk County Police Fugitive Squad. Local police said he was homeless at the time of his arrest.

Mr. Cruz Garcia was charged and convicted for rape in the third degree after he reportedly raped a 15-year-old girl in November 2002, according to the state’s sex offender registry. He has several aliases on the state’s sex offender registry list.

Level 3 convicted sex offenders are deemed by the state as the most likely to re-offend.

The social services trailers in Riverside and Westhampton are used to house the county’s homeless sex offender population.