DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Carrizo Springs Station apprehended a convicted sex offender, with an extensive criminal history, on April 16.
“Homeland security is our primary mission but apprehensions like this help keep our communities safe,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch.
Agents patrolling on a local ranch encountered Rolando Antonio Escamilla-Romero, 25, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador. During processing, agents discovered that Escamilla-Romero had been previously deported from the United States, and was a convicted sex offender. Criminal records checks revealed that in 2007, Escamilla-Romero was convicted of rape in the second degree, in Montgomery County, Md., and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Escamilla-Romero is a known member of the Mara Salvatrucha, or “MS-13,” criminal gang in Baltimore, and in his native country of El Salvador.
Escamilla-Romero will be charged with illegal re-entry after deportation – 8 U.S. Code § 1326 – and his prior order of removal will be reinstated.
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.
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.