SAN DIEGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro Pedestrian West border crossing yesterday caught a fugitive wanted for attempted homicide as he attempted to enter the U.S..
On June 5, at about 3:20 p.m., a 31-year-old male Honduran citizen, Jari Guadarrama-Velasquez, applied for entry on foot through the San Ysidro Pedestrian West border crossing. He presented a Mexican passport to a CBP officer. During the course of the inspection it was determined that further inspection was necessary and he was subsequently referred to secondary processing.
In secondary it was determined that he was a Honduran citizen and a CBP officer conducted a query to get biometric information via the “Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System” (IAFIS). The information revealed that he was the subject of a felony warrant for attempted homicide, by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, stipulating no bail.
“CBP officers are engaged and stay committed to protecting the frontlines,” said Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego. “CBP apprehends a multitude of individuals for various crimes and today’s apprehension is a testament to our efforts in protecting the frontline.”
After the warrant was confirmed, CBP officers turned Velasquez over to San Diego Police Department and they booked him into the San Diego Central Jail.
CBP officers paroled the man into the United States pending criminal inquiry and disposition of his warrants. After the Judicial process he will be returned to DHS custody.
Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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.