Border Patrol Arrests Sex Offender
CALEXICO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested a man convicted of a sexual offense on Monday.
The incident occurred at around 9 p.m., when remote video surveillance system operators observed, and notified Border Patrol agents in the area, of a man suspected of illegally entering the United States approximately 12 miles east of the Calexico West Downtown Port of Entry. Agents arrested the man and conducted an immigration and criminal history screening in the field before transported him to the El Centro Station.
Records checks revealed that the man identified as Gildardo Escobedo-Salazar, a 29-year-old Mexican national, had a conviction on July 18, 2016, for “Sex Abuse Third Degree” out of Umatilla County, Oregon. The man was sentenced to six months confinement and 36 months probation for his conviction.
Additionally, Escobedo was previously ordered removed from the United States on November 21, 2018.
Escobedo is being held in federal custody pending further criminal prosecution.
In fiscal year 2020, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents have arrested and removed 33 individuals either convicted or wanted on sexual offense charges after they entered the United States illegally.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.