HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - A man who was once called Butler County's most wanted was in court Thursday on rape and kidnapping charges.
Alfredo Lopez Cruz, 26, is back in Butler County after six years on the run.
Speaking through an interpreter, Cruz pleaded not guilty to raping a 9-year-old girl back in 2005. Prosecutors asked for no bond, but Judge Keith Spaeth set bond at $750,000, cash or surety.
Cruz was captured in Mexico in March of this year and extradited back to Butler County Tuesday night.
Back in 2005, an angry mob burned down the vacant house allegedly used in the attack shortly after Cruz was named a suspect in the case.
Security in the courtroom was extremely high. Cruz appeared wearing a bullet-proof vest and shackles around his hands and feet. He was escorted by an armed plain clothes officer, and several other armed officers were scattered throughout the room.
Public defender Lawrence Hawkins III was appointed as Cruz's attorney, and a trial date was set for Oct. 20 at 9 a.m.
Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said the victim in the case is now 15 years old and willing to testify during the trial.
"I think it's just good to know that he's here, and hopefully that he will be punished for his crime," said Cathy Hester of Hamilton,