PHARR, Texas—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge arrested a 49-year-old man from Corpus Christi, Texas who was wanted for child indecency charges from the Bee County Sheriff’s Office.
“This person wanted on an outstanding warrant was apprehended at the Pharr International Bridge after our officers conducted database checks upon his arrival from Mexico,” said Acting Port Director Javier Cantu, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Our ability to check everyone’s identity at border crossings enables CBP to detect people who have arrest warrants pending or other issues.”
On April 24, CBP officers encountered Mario Martin Vasquez, a U.S. citizen, at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge as he attempted to enter as a passenger in a commercial transportation van. A CBP officer’s initial database check revealed that Mr. Vasquez was a possible match to an outstanding arrest warrant, therefore he was secured and escorted to secondary for further verification. A secondary systems check with biometric verification confirmed his identity and the arrest warrant from the Bee County Sheriff’s Office for child indecency charges.
Mr. Vasquez was wanted on two counts of child indecency, both second-degree felonies, for allegedly having inappropriately touched a six-year-old girl in Bee County, Texas earlier this month.
CBP OFO arrested Vasquez and then released him to the Pharr, Texas Police Department who will in turn transport him to the Hidalgo County Jail where he will await extradition.
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.