BROWNSVILLE, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations officers at the Gateway International Bridge arrested a Guatemalan man wanted on a five-count outstanding warrant alleging attempted homicide, attempted murder from Phoenixville, Pa.
“Our frontline officers maintain strict vigilance while conducting their inspectional duties and that dedication and attention to detail resulted in the apprehension of a man wanted for attempted homicide in Pennsylvania,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry.
The apprehension occurred on Monday, Dec. 4 at Gateway International Bridge. CBP officers at mid-bridge received from Mexican immigration officials a male pedestrian from Guatemala that lacked entry documents to traverse Mexico. Officers referred the man for secondary inspection to confirm his identity and citizenship.
CBP officers conducted a fingerprint check and utilizing national law enforcement databases verified the identity of the pedestrian as 32-year-old Leovigildo Alvarado Castanon, AKA Francisco Hernandez, a citizen of Guatemala, wanted in Phoenixville, Pa. on an outstanding five-count warrant issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for attempted homicide, attempted murder, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and possession of a weapon in connection with a Nov. 8 stabbing of a female victim in Phoenixville, Pa. CBP officers turned Alvarado Castanon over to the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office for adjudication of the warrant. Charges and allegations contained in criminal complaints are merely accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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