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Aggravated Felon Apprehended in Big Bend

Release Date: 
December 27, 2017

An aggravated felon with an extensive criminal history who was previously sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges related to aggravated assault on a peace officer was arrested again by Border Patrol Agents in Van Horn for illegally crossing the U.S./Mexico border.

Sixty-year old Eliseo Franco-Ornelas was captured on 12-22-17 after illegally crossing the border with three other subjects approximately 100 miles west of the Presidio Port of Entry. After further investigation, it was discovered through fingerprint analysis that Franco-Ornelas had the criminal past, and previously served a 15-year prison term for “Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer.”

“This is another high-profile arrest that stresses the importance of technology, combined with adequate numbers of agents and infrastructure,” Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Robert Boatright stated. “Our agents fully understand our role in securing our nation’s homeland,” he added.

Franco-Ornelas was processed as a reinstatement, and was transported to the West Texas Detention Facility and prosecution will be pursued for “Aggravated Felon Re-Entry”.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021