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Border Patrol Agents Arrest Three Criminals in the Rio Grande Valley

Release Date: 
September 14, 2020

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents identified a convicted murderer and two sex offenders after they illegally entered the United States.

Friday morning, Fort Brown agents arrested a Mexican national later identified as Fidel PENALOZA-Hernandez after he illegally entered the United States. During processing, record checks for PENALOZA-Hernandez revealed a previous arrest for murder by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. A judge subsequently found the man guilty of 1st degree murder and sentenced him to 20 years confinement.

The following morning, Rio Grande City agents working in Roma, Texas, arrested a Mexican national whose record checks revealed a previous arrest in North Carolina. The Wilmington Police Department arrested Lorenzo SOLIS-Ramirez and charged him with sexual battery. A judge sentenced SOLIS-Ramirez to 60 days confinement.

That same day, the Kenedy County Sheriffs' Office contacted the Corpus Christi station and requested their assistance in identifying a man after they responded to a reported vehicle accident. Upon arrival, agents interviewed a subject later identified as Alicio Daniel IZOTECO-Morales. Agents arrested and transported IZOTECO-Morales after he freely admitted to being in the country illegally. During processing, record checks revealed a previous arrest in North Carolina by the Union County Sheriff’s Office for statutory rape of a child. The man was subsequently found guilty of Indecent Liberties with Child and sentenced to 16-29 months confinement.

Border Patrol processed all the subjects accordingly.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation.  The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.

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Last modified: 
September 14, 2020