By Sheena Barnett
NEW ALBANY – After five years on the run, Janet and Ramon Barreto returned to Union County on Sunday in handcuffs.
Janet Barreto proclaimed her innocence as she was escorted inside.
“It’ll be proven, God pray,” she told reporters. “Jesus is No. 1.”
Ramon Barreto kept his head down and remained silent.
The couple, who face 25 federal and state charges, mostly related to child abuse, have been on the run since 2009. They were arrested in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 12.
“It feels good. It’s been a long time coming,” said Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards. “It’s been a long road catching up to them.”
The couple will face arraignment soon, he said.
He credited the U.S. Marshals Service for putting Janet Barreto on its 15 Most Wanted List, as well as TV shows like “America’s Most Wanted,” both of which kept the case in the spotlight.
Janet Barreto continued to proclaim her innocence once inside the jail, Edwards said.
“I’m certainly not the jury and not the judge,” Edwards said, “and that’ll be up to the jury.”
The Barretos arrived at the jail at about 4:35 p.m. Sunday and were brought in by Inmate Services, an inmate transporting company out of West Memphis, Arkansas. They were followed by a two-man film crew who said they were with a reality TV show that was still in production.