HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a 33-year-old woman wanted in Sanford, N.C. on charges stemming from a drive-by shooting she was allegedly involved in, late in October of this year.
“Our ability to check everyone’s identity by the documents a person presents or by utilizing biometric verification allows our officers to identify those people who have admissibility issues and require further inspection or to detect those persons who have outstanding arrest warrants,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
On Oct. 31, 2019, Denise Magdalena Pascual, 33, a U.S. citizen who had been residing in Sanford, N.C., arrived at the Hidalgo International Bridge as a pedestrian. She presented her State of California issued birth certificate along with a North Carolina identification card and the CBP officer referred her to secondary inspection as a possible match to an arrest warrant. Officers secured the woman and in secondary confirmed her identity along with the active arrest warrant from North Carolina for assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury and discharging a weapon in an occupied property, both felony charges.
Ms. Pascual is alleged to have been involved in a drive-by shooting in Sanford on Oct. 21 where she used a 9.mm handgun to shoot at a house where an adult man was shot and received serious injuries. The vehicle involved was a small silver compact of unknown make and model.
Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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