LUKEVILLE, Ariz. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations officers arrested a male U.S. citizen returning from Mexico Saturday after learning he has an outstanding warrant for homicide out of Collin County, Texas.
The man failed to present proper identification at the port of entry, claiming he has been living in Mexico for five years and his documents were stolen. Officers referred the man for secondary inspection to confirm his identity and citizenship.
A background and fingerprint check revealed the man’s identity as 36-year-old David Ruiz; wanted in Texas for homicide. Officers arrested Ruiz and turned him over to the Pima County Sheriff’s office for extradition.
“Fugitives can only run so long before vigilance and law-enforcement technology catches up to them,” said Port of Lukeville Chief of Staff Garret Reinhart. “CBP officers work closely with local, state, and other federal law enforcement partners to ensure wanted fugitives face justice. Thanks to our frontline officers, this fugitive will answer to the Texas legal system.”
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.