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Border Patrol Arrests Man Wanted for Felony Assault

Release Date: 
August 14, 2019

PRESIDIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents, in conjunction with the Presidio Police Department, arrested two subjects, including a wanted criminal, Aug. 6.

Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak said, “This arrest highlights the success that results from a strong partnership between federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The collaborative work in this case between our agents and the Presidio Police Department brought a dangerous criminal to justice and kept our community safe.

A Presidio Police Officer noticed suspicious activity along the side of Farm to Market Road 170 while he was performing patrol duties. While checking the side of the road, the officer encountered two individuals attempting to hide in the thick vegetation. The officer coordinated with the Presidio Border Patrol Station and requested assistance.

A Presidio Border Patrol agent determined the subjects were citizens of Mexico illegally present in the United States.  Both were arrested and transported to the Presidio Border Patrol Station for processing.

Records checks revealed one of the two individuals arrested, 36-year-old Jose Gamboa-Vargas, had a warrant out of Fort Worth for assault and bodily injury to a family member by strangulation, a felony in the State of Texas.

Gamboa’s previous order of removal will be reinstated.  Gamboa will be transferred to the court’s jurisdiction, which issued the warrant, after being federally prosecuted for 8 USC 1326 - Reentry of a Removed Alien.

Big Bend Sector Border Patrol agents, patrol 517 miles of the Southwest Border that extends from Sierra Blanca to Sanderson.  The Presidio Station area consists of the southern half of Presidio County, the third largest county in the state of Texas. The station is responsible for 111 border miles between the U.S. and Mexico and 1,100 square miles of area.

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Last modified: 
February 3, 2021