San Ysidro - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa passenger ports of entry over the weekend arrested 16 wanted fugitives including a man wanted for arson by the Kennedale Police Department in Texas.
Early Sunday morning at about 6 a.m., 34-year-old John Hummel entered the San Ysidro border station as a pedestrian. The CBP officer interviewing Hummel developed information that he was a missing person and considered armed and dangerous and escorted him to the secondary area for further investigation.
Further systems checks revealed that Hummel was the subject of an outstanding felony warrant for arson in a subsequent homicide investigation.
Hummel, a U.S. citizen and resident of Grand Prairie, Texas, was arrested and booked into the San Diego County jail.
From Friday at 6 a.m. through 6 a.m. Monday, CBP officers working at the San Ysidro border station and nearby Otay Mesa port also captured 15 other fugitives; they were wanted for crimes such as robbery, burglary, and dangerous drugs.
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.