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CBP Officers Apprehend Homicide Suspect at Otay Mesa Port of Entry

Release Date: 
April 3, 2013

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.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021