CBP Officers in California Apprehend Multiple Homicide Suspects over the Weekend
SAN DIEGO—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers along the California border with Mexico apprehended 28 wanted fugitives this past weekend, including three wanted for homicide.
CBP officers encountered wanted persons with warrants including parole violations, robbery, dangerous drugs, and other violations.
On Saturday, May 25, at approximately 11:40 p.m., Daniel Valenzuela Rodriguez, a 24-year-old Mexican citizen and resident of Thermal, California, applied for entry at the Calexico downtown port of entry as a passenger in a vehicle. During a routine query of law enforcement databases, the CBP officer discovered that Valenzuela Rodriguez was wanted on a warrant for suspicion of homicide out of Riverside County.
CBP officers utilized the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) to confirm Valenzuela Rodriguez's identity and warrant. Valenzuela Rodriguez was later turned over to the custody of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department for further processing.
On Sunday, May 26, at approximately 7:41 a.m., Curtis Moore, a 53-year-old male U.S. citizen and resident of Oakland, Calif. applied for entry at the San Ysidro port of entry as the driver and sole occupant of a white Ford Focus. As the CBP officer conducted his inspection, Moore proceeded to leave the booth without authorization. CBP officers responded and stopped the vehicle from leaving the port. Moore was escorted to the secondary inspection area for further examination.
CBP officers utilized the IAFIS to confirm Moore's identity and found an outstanding felony warrant for homicide out of Oakland, Calif. Moore was arrested and turned over to the custody of the San Diego Police Department who in turn transported him to the San Diego County Jail to await extradition back to Oakland.
Later that same day at approximately 4:00 p.m., Mexican law enforcement officers turned over Cristian Medina, a 21-year-old U.S. citizen and resident of Mexicali, Baja California, to CBP officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry. Medina had a no-bail homicide warrant out of Santa Ana, California for alleged involvement in a gang related homicide. Once CBP officers verified the identity of Medina, he was turned over to the custody of Santa Ana police officers for processing.
On Monday, May 27, at about 11:15 p.m. a CBP officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers encountered a 17-year-old male U.S. citizen and resident of Monterey Park, Calif., when he entered the port as a passenger in a vehicle. The minor had a warrant for attempted robbery out of Los Angeles.
CBP officers utilized the IAFIS to confirm the minor's identity and warrant. Once confirmed, CBP officers arrested the minor and turned him over to the custody of the Calexico Police Department. He was later transported to the Imperial County Jail to await extradition back to Los Angeles.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers' primary mission is anti-terrorism; screening all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. Our mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, protecting our nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.