SAN DIEGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers Tuesday caught Giovanny Santiago-Enriquez as he attempted to cross the border into the United States at the Otay Mesa border crossing. Santiago-Enriquez has an active warrant for his arrest for attempted murder out of Los Angeles and was the suspect in last week’s Amber Alert involving his son, who has since been safely returned to his mother.
“Vigilant CBP officers apprehended this suspect at the border,” said Pete Flores, CBP director of field operations for San Diego. “This highlights the importance of querying every single person that enters the United States; we never know who is in front of us until we establish their identity.”
At about 10:15 a.m. March 17, the 37-year-old Santiago-Enriquez approached the border crossing on foot, and provided a driver’s license and social security card to the CBP officer. The CBP officer queried the name in law enforcement databases and received information about the outstanding warrant.
CBP officers escorted Santiago-Enriquez aside and used fingerprints to confirm his identity. CBP officers then confirmed the warrant for attempted murder, issued at the request of the Los Angeles Police Department, with bail set at $1.34 million.
Enriquez-Santiago, a Mexican citizen and lawful permanent resident of the U.S., was paroled into the country, and CBP officers turned Santiago-Enriquez over to an LAPD detective.
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.