BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Brownsville, Texas Veteran's International Bridge arrested a 22-year-old man from Harlingen, Texas who was wanted on charges of homicide from that same city.
On Sunday evening, August 4, CBP officers working at the Brownsville-Matamoros Veteran's International Bridge encountered Edgar Diaz Garces, a United States citizen from Harlingen as a passenger in a black Dodge Avenger. Upon initial primary queries, OFO officers received an alert on Diaz Garces, indicating a possible match to an arrest warrant from the Harlingen Police Department.
Officers immediately secured him, escorted him to secondary where biometric checks through CBP and law-enforcement databases confirmed two warrants, first-degree homicide and attempted murder. The warrants were for an incident which occurred in April 2013 where Diaz Garces shot and killed a female outside an apartment complex and allegedly shot and injured another person.
CBP-OFO arrested Diaz Garces and subsequently released him to the custody of the Harlingen Police Department who booked him at the city jail.
"This fugitive of the law wanted for murder was detected and arrested by our frontline officers and will now proceed through the judicial process and face the consequences of his actions," said Michael Freeman, Port Director Brownsville Port of Entry.
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.