LAS CRUCES, N.M. – On January 24, U.S. Border Patrol Agents in New Mexico arrested a man wanted in connection with a sexual assault and kidnapping.
Agents from Las Cruces assigned to the Interstate 10 checkpoint west of Las Cruces were conducting immigration inspections when an alert was received on a subject who had just passed through. The alert identified a subject with an active warrant for “First Degree Kidnapping” and “Second Degree Sexual Assault” in Davenport, Iowa. Agents quickly located the vehicle and made the stop without incident. Agents detained the vehicle using the information from the active warrant alert and took 54-year-old Alan Ray Cassias, a United States Citizen, into custody.
Cassias was thoroughly processed in Las Cruces where an extensive criminal history was discovered to include: “Burglary and Flight Escapes”; an active warrant with worldwide extradition for “Second-degree Child Abuse” and “First-degree Kidnapping”.
The warrant was verified to be fully extraditable, and the New Mexico State Police was notified. A New Mexico State Police Officer arrived a short time later and took custody of the driver.
These incidents demonstrates how vigilance by U.S. Border Patrol Agents and the ability to rapidly respond is helping stop the furtherance of dangerous criminals and illicit narcotics into our communities, while keeping our nation’s borders safe.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.