PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge arrested a 32-year-old male United States citizen from Emporia, Kansas who had an outstanding warrant pending for state charges of attempted murder and rape.
“The apprehension of this wanted person is an outstanding example of teamwork as we work in partnership with other law enforcement agencies to apprehend people who violate the law and are pending criminal proceedings for their alleged actions,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
On May 6, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge encountered Jorge Zapata Grimaldo as he attempted to enter the United States from Mexico. An initial primary check revealed that Zapata was a possible match to an arrest warrant, therefore officers escorted him into secondary for further inspection. While in secondary and with the use of biometric verification through CBP and law enforcement databases, officers discovered that he was an exact match to the outstanding warrant from the Emporia Police Department. The warrant, carrying second degree felony charges was in connection with an alleged incident occurring in August 2015 in which Zapata was accused of having physically and sexually abused his wife.
CBP OFO arrested Zapata and subsequently released him to the custody of the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, who transported him to the Hidalgo County Jail where he will await extradition proceedings.
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.