HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a 39-year-old man from Penitas, Texas who was wanted on charges of indecency with a child.
“Our ability to check the identity of everyone who seeks entry into the United States and utilize law enforcement databases has enabled our CBP officers to detect this person who had charges pending for alleged inappropriate sexual contact with a child,” said Acting Port Director Javier Cantu, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
On Nov. 11, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge came in contact with Doroteo Ozuna Jr., a U.S. citizen who was returning from Mexico through the pedestrian lanes. An initial primary check revealed that Ozuna was a possible match to an outstanding arrest warrant. CBP officers secured and escorted the man to secondary for further verification. Through biometric verification, Ozuna’s identity was confirmed along with the arrest warrant from the La Joya, Texas Police Department for indecency with a child, a second-degree felony.
Ozuna is accused of allegedly having inappropriately touched the five-year-old female child of his girlfriend in Sep. 2014 and had apparently fled to Mexico after the charges were filed.
CBP OFO arrested Ozuna and then released him to the custody of the La Joya Police Department who transported him to the Hidalgo County Jail.
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.