HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a 28-year-old male U.S. citizen from Dallas, Texas that was wanted from the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office on charges of sexual assault of a child.
“Our ability to access databases for a multitude of law enforcement agencies, has enabled our officers to detect this person who had been charged with sexually assaulting a child in the Dallas area,” said Acting Port Director Javier Cantu, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge pedestrian walkway on May 3 encountered Jose Manual Torres Jr. returning from Mexico. An initial database check revealed that Torres was a possible match to an outstanding warrant from the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office. Officers secured Torres and escorted him to secondary where further checks of law enforcement and CBP databases confirmed his identity and the arrest warrant for sexual assault of a child. Through biometric verification, officers discovered that Torres was charged in September 2013 with three counts, all second-degree felonies, for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Dallas County.
CBP OFO arrested Torres who was then released to the custody of the Hidalgo Police Department, who in turn transferred him to the Hidalgo County Jail to 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.