HIDALGO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a 26-year-old man from McAllen, Texas wanted on aggravated robbery charges.
On Sunday afternoon, May 26, Francisco Javier Leal arrived at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge from Mexico as a pedestrian. A CBP officer queried the subject through CBP and law enforcement databases and discovered that Leal might be a possible match to a warrant from the McAllen, Texas Police Department. Further checks revealed that he was an exact match for an aggravated robbery charge dating back to 2010, in which Leal was allegedly involved in an attempted automobile theft in McAllen.
CBP arrested Leal who was released to the custody of the McAllen Police Department and subsequently taken to the Hidalgo County Jail where he will wait for court proceedings.
Also arrested this holiday weekend were 15 other people at ports of entry from Roma to Pharr who had outstanding arrest warrants ranging from missing persons, traffic violations, parole violations and prior immigration violations.
"Another fugitive from justice has been detected and apprehended by our frontline officers due to our ability to examine everyone that is seeking to enter our country," said Gene Garza, director of field operations, Laredo Field Office. "This person had been on the run for a while, but will now enter into judicial proceedings for his alleged actions."
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.