OTAY MESA, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa passenger port of entry yesterday apprehended a 40-year old fugitive with an outstanding felony warrant for homicide-attempted murder.
On Tuesday, April 2, at about 7:00 p.m., Carlos Tapia Jr. entered the port as a passenger in a white Dodge Dart and presented a California identification card to a CBP officer. The CBP officer queried Tapia in law enforcement databases and was alerted that he was wanted.
CBP officers escorted Tapia to a secure location for processing. They conducted a 10-print query utilizing the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) confirming Tapia's identity and that he was wanted for homicide-attempted murder by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office, with bail set at $1 million.
After CBP officers confirmed the warrant, they processed Tapia and booked him into the San Diego Central 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.